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Camila Cabello Says Glowing Words About Shawn Mendes In Recent Interview

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Camila Cabello had some glowing words to say about her friend and collaborator Shawn Mendes in a recent heartfelt interview.

“I’ve never had a lot of friends. I’ve always just had a few people in my life that I trust,” the “Havana” singer told U.K.’s Clash Magazine in June. “I feel like it’s so rare to meet someone in this industry and find a person of that quality, and I feel like Shawn is that person for me.”

The 22-year-old said she trusts Mendes because “no matter the level of intensity that he has around his career or I have, he is just normal, and that is so rare and precious to find in this industry,” Cabello said. “To be able to hang out with someone and you don’t really care that they’re Shawn Mendes, you know what I mean? You’re just people, and that is definitely something that is rare.”

The Cuban-born pop star recently joined Mendes in a sexy new music video for their song “Señorita,” adding even more fuel to the rumors that the pair are in a romantic relationship.

It was “one of the most natural things in the world for he and I to do a song together,” Cabello told Clash. She explained her connection with the 20-year-old.

“I think I’ve actually known him the longest out of anybody in the music industry — we’ve been in each other’s lives for like four or five years, and it’s been really beautiful to kinda grow up together,” she said. “It’s actually a really beautiful feeling to know that this person is always going to be in my life, we’re always going to love each other.”

Previously, the duo collaborated on an intimate cover of Ed Sheeran’s song “Kiss Me” and created a hit with 2015′s “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” We can’t wait to see what else their “love” and friendship will produce.

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Camila Cabello Says Glowing Words About Shawn Mendes In Recent Interview

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Camila Cabello had some glowing words to say about her friend and collaborator Shawn Mendes in a recent heartfelt interview.

“I’ve never had a lot of friends. I’ve always just had a few people in my life that I trust,” the “Havana” singer told U.K.’s Clash Magazine in June. “I feel like it’s so rare to meet someone in this industry and find a person of that quality, and I feel like Shawn is that person for me.”

The 22-year-old said she trusts Mendes because “no matter the level of intensity that he has around his career or I have, he is just normal, and that is so rare and precious to find in this industry,” Cabello said. “To be able to hang out with someone and you don’t really care that they’re Shawn Mendes, you know what I mean? You’re just people, and that is definitely something that is rare.”

The Cuban-born pop star recently joined Mendes in a sexy new music video for their song “Señorita,” adding even more fuel to the rumors that the pair are in a romantic relationship.

It was “one of the most natural things in the world for he and I to do a song together,” Cabello told Clash. She explained her connection with the 20-year-old.

“I think I’ve actually known him the longest out of anybody in the music industry — we’ve been in each other’s lives for like four or five years, and it’s been really beautiful to kinda grow up together,” she said. “It’s actually a really beautiful feeling to know that this person is always going to be in my life, we’re always going to love each other.”

Previously, the duo collaborated on an intimate cover of Ed Sheeran’s song “Kiss Me” and created a hit with 2015′s “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” We can’t wait to see what else their “love” and friendship will produce.

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India to land rover on Moon in global space race

Taking a giant leap in its space program, India is looking to solidify its place among the world’s space-exploring countries with its second unmanned mission to the Moon, aiming to land a rover near the unexplored lunar south pole.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to a launch a spacecraft using domestic technology on Monday, scheduling to touch down on the Moon Sept. 6 or 7. The $141 million Chandrayaan-2 mission will analyze minerals, map the unexplored south pole’s surface and search for water.

It will “boldly go where no country has ever gone before,” said the ISRO in a statement.

With India growing as the world’s fifth-largest economy, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is determined to show his country’s security and technological prowess on the global stage.

India successfully test-fired an anti-satellite weapon in March, which Modi said demonstrated the country’s capability as a space power alongside the United States, Russia and China. It also plans to send humans into space by 2022, becoming only the fourth nation to do so.

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However, India is not alone in its ambitions as it competes with other nations in the international space race.

The U.S. – which celebrates the 50th anniversary this month of the Apollo 11 mission that made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin the first humans on the moon – is working to send a manned spacecraft to the planetoid’s south pole by 2024. Israel, additionally, attempted to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon back in April but failed when the first privately funded lunar landing crashed.

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An employee playfully hugs a cut-out of a crescent moon at the Nehru Planetarium in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 11, 2019. India is looking to take a giant leap in its space program and solidify its place among the world’s spacefaring nations with its second unmanned mission to the moon, this one aimed at landing a rover near the unexplored south pole. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

India’s first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, whose name is Sanskrit for “moon craft,” orbited the Moon in 2008 and helped confirm the presence of water. In 2013-2014, India also sent a satellite into Mars’ orbit in the nation’s first interplanetary mission. The country’s decades-long space research has allowed it to develop satellite, communications and remote sensing technologies that solve everyday problems at home, such as forecasting fish migration and predicting weather conditions like storms and floods.

Critics have questioned the expense of the mission in the 1.3-billion-person country plagued by widespread poverty and high child mortality rates. Author and economic commentator Gurcharan Das, however, said the cost of the second lunar mission is small compared with India’s overall budget and that the moonshot could have a multiplier effect on the economy.

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Das urged India to get the country’s private sector more involved in the mission’s research and development, which he said could yield “huge benefits” beyond the realm of space exploration.

Chandrayaan-2 will have a lunar orbiter, lander and a rover. The lander will carry a camera, seismometer, a thermal instrument and a NASA-supplied laser retroreflector to help calculate the distance between the Earth and the moon.

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Many are interested in the lunar south pole because of its largely-shadowed portion, presenting a greater possibility of water. Water is an essential ingredient for life, and finding it is part of science’s greater goal of determining whether there is life elsewhere in our solar system; India’s rover will be the first to look for water at the south pole.

“These days, it has become the place to go,” said space expert Nandivada Rathnasree.

Fox News’ Morgan Cheung and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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VIDEO: KFC Obliterated By Explosion In North Carolina

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Police say nobody was injured when a KFC restaurant in Eden, N.C., was destroyed in an overnight explosion.

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About two hours after a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant closed for business on Wednesday night, a massive blast reduced it to rubble within seconds.

The explosion in the small town of Eden, N.C., which happened Thursday just after 12:30 a.m., was captured in dramatic surveillance footage from a neighboring pharmacy.

It shows a quiet building under street lights, when suddenly the frame fills with white from the blast. Smoke and flames erupt from the demolished building, and debris and sparks fall from the sky.

Nobody was injured or killed, Eden’s Deputy Police Chief Clint Simpson tells NPR.

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“We do have some surrounding buildings that sustained damage from the blast,” he said. A pizza restaurant from across the street had its windows knocked out.

The restaurant’s sign, however, survived the explosion. The smiling face of Colonel Sanders stands unscathed next to the ruined restaurant. A sign advertises “New Cheetos Sandwich.”

Simpson says the timing of the blast, late at night when there were few people around, was incredibly lucky. “A couple hours before, you would have had employees and probably patrons in the restaurant,” he said. Authorities have said they think the KFC closed between 10:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

“It’s really close to a major roadway,” he adds. “They were fortunate; the density of the traffic was almost zero passing by that restaurant when it occurred.” Simpson says the road in front of the KFC was riddled with broken glass and bits of wood.

It’s not clear what caused the blast yet, though Simpson says the most likely explanation is a gas explosion. He adds that investigators are “looking at every little thing, they’re looking at, you know, the equipment inside the restaurant, they’re looking at gas lines inside the restaurant. They’re sifting through evidence.”

He said that the police are not aware of any previous reports of gas issues at this restaurant.

A KFC employee told the News & Record that he smelled natural gas while working a shift before the explosion. Christian Jarrett said he had a headache and told the newspaper that he thought his supervisor attempted to turn off the restaurant’s gas supply.

He happened to drive by the restaurant about an hour and a half after it closed, and found it destroyed.

“Knowing that I could have been in there just terrifies me,” Jarrett told the News & Record.

The Eden Police Department says it is receiving assistance from local, state and federal agencies in its investigation.

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Federal Trade Commission Approves $5 Billion Fine For Facebook: Report

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FTC has voted to approve a fine of about $5 billion for Facebook over privacy violations, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The report cited an unnamed person familiar with the matter.

Facebook declined to comment; the FTC did not immediately respond to messages for comment. The Journal said the 3-2 vote broke along party lines, with Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition to the fine.

The FTC report has been moved to the Justice Department for review, per the report. It is not clear how long it will take to finalize.

The fine would be the largest the FTC has levied on a tech company. But it won’t make much of a dent for Facebook, which had nearly $56 billion in revenue last year. The report did not say what else the settlement includes beyond the fine, though it is expected to include limits on how Facebook treats user privacy.

Since the Cambridge Analytica debacle erupted more than a year ago and prompted the FTC investigation, Facebook has vowed to do a better job corralling its users’ data. Nevertheless, its controls have remained leaky. For example, It also acknowledged giving big tech companies like Amazon and Yahoo extensive access to users’ personal data, in effect exempting them from its usual privacy rules. And it collected call and text logs from phones running Google’s Android system in 2015.

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Pence visits migrant detention center near southern border to ‘see firsthand the humanitarian crisis’

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Vice President Mike Pence visited a migrant detention center in Texas on Friday to “see firsthand the humanitarian crisis” at the southern border.

Pence — he was joined by lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee — visited the Donna Holding Facility amid concerns about the migrant surge and poor conditions at detention centers. The centers include people who have crossed into the U.S. illegally, and those claiming asylum from Central America.

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During the visit, Pence approached a small group of children and asked them in English – a handler translated to Spanish – if they were comfortable and being taken care of. The children nodded yes.

“God bless you,” Pence said before walking away, according to a pool report.

Earlier, the vice president called for securing the border to stop illegal immigration, calling it a “humanitarian crisis.”

“.@SecondLady and I are traveling down to Texas where we will see firsthand the humanitarian crisis at the border. We MUST secure our border for the safety of the American people and the victims of dangerous human trafficking cartels,” Pence tweeted Friday.

Later Friday, Pence participated in a roundtable briefing with Border Patrol agents at the McAllen Border Patrol Station in Texas.

The visit came as progressive Democrats testified on Capitol Hill, ripping into the Trump administration over the detention centers.

At the hearing, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Corte. D-N.Y., said, “This is a manufactured crisis because the cruelty is manufactured.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, shed tears as she recalled what she saw at the border, and she scolded Trump and others for using the phrase “illegal immigrants.”

“No one is illegal,” she said. “That term is derogatory because it dehumanizes people. You can say any other forms of coming in without regulations or so forth but the use of illegal is disrespectful, and I ask my colleagues to try in so many ways not to dehumanize our immigrant neighbors who are trying to come in for a safe haven.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

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The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to fine Facebook about $5 billion for mishandling users’ personal information, according to two people briefed on the vote, in what would be a landmark settlement that signals a newly aggressive stance by regulators toward the country’s most powerful technology companies.

The agency approved the settlement in a 3-to-2 vote along party lines, with the two Democrats voting against it, said the people, who would speak only the condition of anonymity.

The deal still needs final approval from the Justice Department, which rarely rejects settlements reached by the agency. If approved, it would be the biggest fine by far levied by the federal government against a technology company, easily eclipsing the $22 million imposed on Google in 2012. The size of the penalty underscored the rising frustration among Washington officials with how Silicon Valley giants collect, store and use people’s information.

In addition to the fine, Facebook agreed to more comprehensive oversight of how it handles user data, according to the people. But none of the conditions in the settlement will restrict Facebook’s ability to collect and share data with third parties. And that decision appeared to split the five-member commission. The two Democrats who voted against the deal sought stricter limits on the company, the people said.

The settlement with Facebook would be one of the most aggressive regulatory actions by the Trump administration, and a sign of its willingness to punish one of the country’s biggest and most powerful companies. President Trump has dialed back regulations in many industries, but the Facebook settlement sets a new bar for privacy enforcement by American officials, who have brought few cases against large Silicon Valley companies.

Until now, the biggest fines and restrictions against the companies have come from Europe. Officials there have imposed several charges of antitrust and privacy laws against Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. Last year, the European Union fined Google $5.1 billion for abusing its large market share in the mobile phone industry.

But in recent weeks, American regulators and lawmakers of both parties have taken a more combative stance toward the tech giants. Congress started an antitrust investigation into how the biggest tech companies have harmed consumers and impeded competition. The Justice Department and the F.T.C. divvied up responsibility for potential antitrust investigations into several of the companies.

On Thursday, President Trump took shots at Facebook and other social media companies, accusing them of being biased against conservatives. He also took to Twitter to criticize Facebook’s latest initiative into cryptocurrency — a project called Libra, which is still in its early stages — saying that Facebook’s proposed coin would never usurp the dollar. David Marcus, the Facebook executive in charge of Libra, is scheduled to appear before Congress next week to explain and defend the initiative.

Peter Kaplan, a spokesman for the F.T.C., declined to comment.

Andy Stone, a spokesman for Facebook, also declined to comment.

Shares of Facebook surged to $205.27 — the stock’s highest price in the past year — in after-hours trading on Friday after news of the vote became public.

The Wall Street Journal earlier reported on the vote by the commission.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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Former Cy Young-winning pitcher Dwight Gooden arrested, charged with DUI, drug possession

Troubled Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden was busted last month in New Jersey for possession of cocaine and driving under the influence, The Post has learned.

The retired pitcher, best known as “Doc,” was arrested June 7 by Holmdel police, who pulled him over just before 1 a.m. and allegedly found him with “two small green zip-lock style plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine,” according to a criminal complaint filed by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Dwight “Doc” Gooden, pictured in March 2017. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Gooden was pulled over for driving too slowly on a highway, failing to maintain the lane and for having overly tinted windows, which are illegal in the Garden State, prosecutor’s spokesman Christopher Swendeman said.

He was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence at the time, the complaint obtained by The Post on Friday shows.

He also was ticketed for driving under the influence, which is a municipal offense.

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Gooden didn’t immediately return a message and his family declined to comment.

The arrest is the latest in the athlete’s lengthy public battle with cocaine addiction, which overshadowed his storied sports career.

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Trump tells Congress to ‘immediately’ approve Mexico-Canada trade deal, says US moving past ‘stupid years’ of trade policy

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President Trump on Friday pushed for Congress to “immediately” approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), arguing in a Wisconsin speech that his administration is moving the country past “stupid years” of trade policies.

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Bashing the economic policies of previous administrations, saying they allowed factories to close, Trump said in Milwaukee: “Those days are over…I call them the stupid years. But now we’re back into the really smart years.”

Standing in front of a backdrop with the letters “USMCA,” Trump pushed Congress to approve the new trade deal “and send it to my desk immediately.” The president was visiting Derco Aerospace Inc., a subsidiary of aviation giant Lockheed Martin that provides parts, logistics and repair services to fixed-wing aircraft.

“We shouldn’t be playing around,” Trump said. “And every day that goes by, it gets more and more political, because we get closer and closer to the election.”

At Trump’s insistence, the U.S., Canada and Mexico agreed to an update of the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). But the new agreement faces opposition from many House Democratic lawmakers and labor unions.

“NAFTA was a disaster for this country and we’re going to be replacing that very soon, hopefully with the USMCA,” Trump said.

Canada and Mexico are Wisconsin’s top two foreign export markets. Last year, the state exported $31 million worth of products to Canada and $15.2 million worth of products to Mexico, according to census data.

“Let it be a bipartisan bill,” Trump said Friday. “I don’t want credit for it. Let it be a partisan bill, the USMCA. For years, members of Congress have demanded a replacement to NAFTA. Now they finally have the best replacement that they could ever even imagine.”

In the end, it comes down to whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., would bring a bill to the House floor that would implement the necessary changes to enact the new deal. Pelosi insists that changes are needed to generate Democratic support, and has appointed a working group to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on finding ways to ease Democratic lawmakers’ concerns.

Mexico last month became the first of the three nations to ratify the agreement.

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The White House recently moved to ease the passage of the agreement by lifting tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico.

Labor unions, a key Democratic constituency, are seeking assurances that Mexico will enforce enhanced labor standards for workers there because that would reduce the incentive for U.S. companies to move their plants and jobs south of the border. The new deal requires Mexico to encourage independent unions that will bargain for higher wages and better working conditions.

Democrats are also voicing concerns over language that would give pharmaceutical companies 10 years’ protection from cheaper competition in a category of ultra-expensive drugs called biologics, which are made from living cells. The need to curb high drug prices has become a rallying cry for voters of all political stripes.

Fox News’ Frank Miles and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tropical Storm Barry: 3 hurricane myths debunked

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Tropical Storm Barry is heading toward the Louisiana coast, likely bringing with it torrential rain and flooding.

Ahead of its landfall, the storm — which is forecast to be a hurricane when its center reaches the coast — has prompted Brock Long, a former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator, to address and debunk three of the biggest myths about hurricanes.

Read on for a look at the common misconceptions.

TROPICAL STORM BARRY PROMPTS STORM SURGE, FLOOD WARNINGS: WHY IS NEW ORLEANS AT AN INCREASED RISK? 

Taping windows will help protect your home

False.

While Long encourages homeowners to protect windows and doors from being penetrated or damaged “at all costs,” he noted that “taping windows [does] no good.”

If the windows were to break during the storm, the tape over the glass could create bigger — potentially more dangerous — shards of glass to form.

Rather, Long recommends using plywood or hurricane shutters to protect the home. Even better, cutting plywood and drilling holes ahead of time is “the smart and prudent thing to do,” he added, as this decreases the chance of competing with others who are out purchasing the necessary supplies shortly before the storm is predicted to make landfall.

The biggest danger during a hurricane is the wind 

Not so fast, says Long.

Hurricanes are categorized using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, or a “1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed,” per the National Hurricane Center, which also noted this scale estimates potential property damage.

Though strong winds can have a significant impact, “wind is responsible for much of the structural damage caused by hurricanes,” according to The Weather Channel — storm surges and rainfall-induced flooding are also major — and potentially deadly — hazards.

“This is the biggest myth. Because hurricane intensity is classified by wind, people think that’s the most dangerous hazard,” said Long.

A storm surge is the “abnormal rise in seawater level during a storm,” according to the National Ocean Service. It’s measured by how high the water reaches from the normal astronomical tide.

Storm surges accounted for about half (49 percent) of deaths from Atlantic tropical hurricanes from 1963 to 2012, per a 2014 study by the National Hurricane Center. Even more of the deaths  — 90 percent — “occurred in water-related incidents, most by drowning,” the study found. Deaths by “non-tornadic” winds account between 5 and 10 percent of the fatalities.

Drowning, specifically, accounted for the majority of deaths during Hurricane Katrina — among the deadliest in U.S. history —  in 2005, according to a 2008 study

It’s OK to wait to heed an evacuation order 

Heeding evacuations orders sooner rather than later is the best plan of action.

“Heed warnings early; those who delay are going to be waiting along with the majority of others,” Long urged.

TROPICAL STORM BARRY’S PATH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 

Even better, “don’t necessarily wait for the order — if you can indicate one is coming, heed it early. In some cases, you don’t have to evacuate very far,” he added. “The goal with evacuations is to get out of areas that are vulnerable to flooding and into a facility that can withstand the wind.”

You can read more about what to do during an evacuation here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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