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  • BATH, United Kingdom--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    SRT Marine Systems plc, the global leader in AIS announces the availability of the world’s first fully certified solar powered AIS Class B small vessel and VMS tracking and identification transceiver.

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    The AIS Class B Identifier is the world’s best selling and trusted small vessel and fishing boat VMS tracking and identification transceiver providing proven performance and long term reliability. The Identifier has integrated GPS and VHF antennas, a range of security features, dual terrestrial and satellite tracking modes and can be powered by either its internal rechargeable battery or direct connection to the vessel’s power supply.

    The new Identifier Solar Power Kit is specifically designed and engineered to

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  • Visitor misbehavior abounds as US parks agency turns 100

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Tourist John Gleason crept through the grass, four small children close behind, inching toward a bull elk with antlers like small trees at the edge of a meadow in Yellowstone National Park.

    "They're going to give me a heart attack," said Gleason's mother-in-law, Barbara Henry, as the group came within about a dozen yards of the massive animal.

    The elk's ears then pricked up, and it eyed the children and Washington state man before leaping up a hillside. Other tourists — likewise ignoring rules to keep 25 yards from wildlife — picked up the pursuit, snapping pictures as they pressed forward and forced the animal into headlong retreat.

    Record visitor numbers at the nation's first national park have transformed its annual summer rush into a sometimes dangerous frenzy, with selfie-taking tourists routinely breaking park rules and getting too close to Yellowstone's storied elk herds, grizzly bears, wolves and bison.

    Law enforcement records obtained by The

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  • 50% of Germans oppose fourth term for Merkel, poll finds

    German leader urges EU countries to take on refugees

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    FRANKFURT — Germany’s Angela Merkel urged European Union countries that have refused to take on a share of the bloc’s refugees to reconsider, as a new poll indicated that half of Germans don’t want her to seek another term as chancellor.

    “What I still say doesn’t work is for some countries to say, ‘We don’t want to have Muslims at all, even if it’s necessary for humanitarian reasons,’” Merkel said in an interview with German broadcaster ARD on Sunday.

    The German chancellor just finished a week of meetings in which she met with more than a dozen leaders from across the EU. On Friday in Warsaw, she appeared alongside leaders from the Visegrad Four countries — Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary — which have criticized her open-door policy for refugees. The group has repeatedly

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  • 2 United pilots suspected of being drunk arrested in Glasgow

    Police say two United Airlines pilots who have been arrested for suspected intoxication will appear in a Scottish court Monday

    LONDON (AP) -- Two United Airlines pilots who have been arrested for suspected intoxication before they were to fly 141 passengers from Scotland to the United States will appear in a Scottish court Monday, police said.

    The Police Service of Scotland said it arrested both pilots Saturday at Glasgow Airport and both men, aged 45 and 35, would be arraigned at a court in Paisley, a Glasgow suburb, to face charges connected to Britain's transport safety laws.

    United Airlines said Saturday's flight from Glasgow to the U.S. city of Newark, New Jersey, was delayed for 10 hours while the airline sought replacement pilots.

    "The two pilots have been removed from service and their flying duties," United spokeswoman Erin Benson said. "We are cooperating with the authorities and will conduct our own investigation as well. The safety of our customers and crew is our highest priority."

    Saturday's arrests come

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  • Can I leave my stepchildren nothing if my husband dies?

    His divorce decree lists his kids as beneficiaries, but he has no will


    Dear Moneyologist,

    My husband and I married last year. This is a second marriage for each of us. I have two adult age children and he has two minor children. In his divorce decree it states that he shall maintain a $300,000 life insurance for his children as beneficiary until they reach the age of 23. However, on the actual policy he only has me listed as beneficiary. There is nothing indicating that this is left for his children should he pass prior to them reaching age 23. What would the legal liability be on this if he should pass before me?

    Am I legally obligated to turn this over to the children because it states it in his divorce? There is no written will at this time indicating anything for his children.


    Dear Diane,

    Life insurance is regarded as non-probate, provided there is a named beneficiary. But even without a will, the divorce decree still matters.

    This is not the first time a reader

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  • Trump stand-ins struggle to speak for and defend nominee

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump isn't making it easy for top supporters and advisers, from his running mate on down, to defend him or explain some campaign positions.

    Across the Sunday news shows, a parade of Trump stand-ins, led by vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, couldn't say whether Trump was sticking with or changing a central promise to boot the roughly 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally, with the help of a "deportation force." And they didn't bother defending his initial response Saturday to the killing of a mother as she walked her baby on a Chicago street.

    Questioned on whether it's a problem that the GOP presidential nominee has left key details on immigration policy unclear so late in the election, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus demurred: "I just don't speak for Donald Trump."

    It was a striking look at Trump's leadership of a team he had said would help drive him to victory in the Nov. 8 election.

    The very purpose of surrogates is to speak

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  • Colombia readies for conflict-ending cease-fire

    A historic midnight ceasefire on Sunday is set to end a 52-year-old war between the Colombian state and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

    Hundreds of thousands of Colombians have died since 1964 as rebel armies and gangs battled in the jungles in what is considered Latin America's last major civil armed conflict.

    "The end of the conflict has arrived!" President Juan Manuel Santos exulted on his Twitter account Friday, after signing a decree to halt military operations against the FARC.

    The measure goes into effect at midnight (0500 GMT Monday), five days after the conclusion of peace negotiations underway in Havana since November 2012.

    Peace "is beginning to be a reality," FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, better known by the nom de guerre Timoleon Jimenez or "Timochenko," wrote on Twitter.

    The FARC declared a unilateral ceasefire in July 2015. But Sunday night's ceasefire is the first in which both sides have committed to a definitive end to the fighting.


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  • Bank of Japan chief says no plans to change 2% inflation target

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    JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Saturday that the central bank will take additional monetary easing measures “without hesitation” to achieve its inflation target.

    “Ample space for additional easing is available,” Kuroda said here at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s annual economic symposium.

    The Bank of Japan is expected to take action at the central bank’s next policy meeting in September.

    Kuroda also addressed inflation targeting, a topic under discussion among global central bankers at the Jackson Hole gathering after San Francisco Fed President John Williams made the case for considering a higher inflation target as a way to adapt to the new world of lower interest rates.

    Kuroda said the Bank of Japan doesn’t intend to shift its 2% inflation target, either lower or higher. His words echo Federal

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  • Pope mulls Italy quake visit as survivors dig in

    Pope Francis said Sunday he wanted to visit the quake-hit villages of central Italy, as survivors and rescue workers dug in for the long haul with colder weather approaching.

    Speaking to worshippers in St Peter's Square in Rome, Francis said he wanted to visit those hit by Wednesday's deadly earthquake which brought devastation to a string of mountain villages in a remote area straddling the Umbria, Marche and Lazio regions.

    "As soon as possible, I hope to come and see you, to bring you the comfort of faith, the tenderness of a father and a brother," he said.

    Nearly 300 people died in the quake and hundreds more were injured, and although rescue efforts were winding down, officials warned it was feasible there are still a dozen or so bodies under the rubble.

    With hopes of finding anyone else still alive fading fast, rescue workers and survivors were turning their attention to the future as temperatures start to fall.

    "We're getting ready for winter. Given what's happened in other

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  • Venezuela to return ex-Guantanamo prisoner to Uruguay

    A former prisoner at the US Guantanamo Bay military center being held by Venezuela after going missing from Uruguay will be returned there Sunday, a key mediator said.

    Jihad Diyab -- a 45-year-old Syrian who was resettled in Uruguay as a refugee in 2014 -- was jailed at the headquarters of the Venezuelan secret police after going off Montevideo's radar and apparently evading border controls.

    Held in Guantanamo for 12 years without charge, Diyab was released in 2014 from the US-run military prison in Cuba to Uruguay, along with five other former inmates.

    His disappearance from Uruguay sharpened the US debate over the push by US President Barack Obama's administration to resettle other detainees.

    "He will arrive in the coming hours" in Uruguay, said Christian Mirza, an intermediary between the Uruguayan government and the Guantanamo refugees.

    "But his arrival will be kept secret to protect his security. We think he is very vulnerable," Mirza added.

    On Saturday, a US-based human rights

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