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Published: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:58:32 -0500

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The Second Coming, brought to you by — who else? Donald Trump

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:18:59 -0500

(image) In recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Donald Trump excited evangelical Christians and many orthodox Jews, who see it as laying the groundwork to rebuild the Holy Temple and a precursor to the Second Coming of Christ.



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New York Bomber Sought An ISIS-Inspired Attack With Failed Device, Investigators Say

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:48:34 -0500

(image) New York City police said they were investigating a possible explosion in New York City’s transit system near Eight Avenue and 42nd Street in the Times Square area of Manhattan on Monday.



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Sandy Hook Promise releases new PSA about the response to school shootings

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:22:45 -0500

(image) A new video called “Tomorrow’s News” imagines a local news item that reports, a day ahead of time, a mass shooting at a school. “Tomorrow I’ll probably say that I wish I told someone,” says one interviewee. The video was released by Sandy Hook Promise, which was founded by parents of the victims of the Newtown shooting.



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Hezbollah Vows U.S. Decision on Jerusalem Will Mark the 'Beginning of the End' for Israel

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:07:02 -0500

(image) Tens of thousands of Lebanese and Palestinians attended a Hezbollah rally in Beirut on Monday, where the militant group's leader vowed to return its focus to Israel after years of fighting in Syria's civil war.



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California's Thomas Fire Now Ranks Among Largest In State History

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:33:32 -0500

(image) The Thomas Fire, one of five destructive blazes currently burning in California, now ranks as the tenth largest wildfire on record in the state.



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Famous China rooftopper 'confirmed dead' after fall from skyscraper 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:27:37 -0500

(image) A famous Chinese ‘rooftopper’ fell to his death from a skyscraper in a daring £11,000 challenge as he sought to use his fame to help lift his family out of poverty, media reported. Wu Yongning, aged 26, fell from the summit of the 62-storey Huayuan Hua Centre in the central city of Changsha, apparently as he attempted to scoop 100,000 yuan (£11,200) for a clip promoting an unnamed sponsor, reports say. The former movie stuntman had one million followers on the Chinese Internet and was well known for fearlessly scaling towering skyscrapers without any safety equipment. More than 300 videos of him tip-toeing on scaffolding or doing pull-ups as he hung from the side of huge buildings were widely shared by his fans. However, his account on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, went silent around a month ago after he purportedly attempted the Changsha skyscraper. The former movie stuntman had one million followers on the Chinese Internet and was well known for fearlessly scaling towering skyscrapers without any safety equipment And last Friday his girlfriend wrote online: "Today is December 8th. It makes me think of November 8th, the day you left us and left this world.” The Changsha Evening News said Mr Wu was seeking to make money for his poverty-striken family and pay medical costs for his mother, who suffers from a mental condition. Local officials said authorities would support his family following the accident.  Police confirmed that Mr Wu died when he fell from the Huayuan Hua Centre on November 8, reports said. His family were quoted in a news portal run by Beijing News that he was due to receive a huge cash payout for a two minute clip on a Changsha skyscraper on the same date. Additional reporting by Christine Wei



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Bullied Tennesee student Keaton Jones' mom faces backlash over Confederate flag photos

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:02:13 -0500

(image) During the weekend, a Tennessee woman took to Facebook with her son Keaton Jones' emotional video about the relentless bullying he experiences in school that went viral almost instantly.



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Predicting the unpredictable in Alabama Senate race

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:26:17 -0500

(image) Tuesday’s special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions is as difficult a race to predict as you will ever see. In the deep red state that hasn’t had a competitive statewide contest in years, the polling apparatus are rusty.



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Serial Killer Taunts Police In New Letter, Claims There Are More Victims

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:04:07 -0500

(image) A convicted serial killer sent a letter to a South Carolina newspaper claiming police hadn’t found all of his victims ― and he’s not planning to help them.



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Kelsey Grammer says he forgives sister’s rapist and killer but he does not deserve freedom

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500

(image) Kelsey Grammer has spoken about his grief following his sister’s murder in 1975. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, the Frasier actor said he has forgiven the man who sexually assaulted and killed his sister. Karen Grammer was abducted, raped and murdered at the age of 18 by Freddie Glenn and accomplice Michael Corbett on 1 July 1975.



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On Mideast trip, Putin orders partial withdrawal from Syria

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:09:59 -0500

(image) Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara on Monday for the last leg of a day-long diplomatic dash, during which he ordered the partial withdrawal of Russia's troops from the war-torn country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Putin at his presidential complex in Ankara for a closed-door meeting. This is the eighth face-to-face meeting between Putin and Erdogan this year, a sign of the intensity of a relationship that had hit rock bottom in November 2015 when Turkey shot down a Russian war plane over Syria.



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Southern California: Elevated fire danger remains this week despite less wind

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:32:46 -0500

(image) Locally windy conditions will keep the fire danger elevated across Southern California through Thursday as air quality concerns mount.



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Ellen DeGeneres Evacuates Her Pets As California Fire Bears Down

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:00:32 -0500

(image) Ellen DeGeneres tweeted Sunday that she and wife Portia de Rossi evacuated their pets as California’s raging Thomas Fire closed in on their home in Santa Barbara County, an area packed with celebrities.



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Quality of fake 'supernotes' found in Seoul fan suspicions that North Korea is forging $100 bills

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:10:39 -0500

Suspicions are growing that North Korea has resumed forging $100 dollar bills that are so realistic that they are virtually indistinguishable from genuine currency. It took a team of forgery specialists at South Korea's KEB Hana Bank to confirm that a single $100 bill found at a branch in Seoul in November was a fake. The discovery has triggered alarm because authorities have no idea how many similar "supernotes" - named because they are so similar to real banknotes - are now in circulation. While previous "supernotes" were dated either 2001 or 2003, the new forgeries are dated 2006 and are even more sophisticated in the ink, the printing processes and the material that they use. The forgeries also change colour when they are viewed from a different angle, just as genuine notes should, while the slightly rough texture of the note has also been accurately copied, a spokesman for Hana Bank told South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper. The quality of the forgeries has immediately led to suspicion falling on North Korea, which has a track record of forging foreign banknotes in order to earn hard currency for the regime. Pyongyang is also in increasingly dire need of funds as international sanctions imposed due to the regime's ongoing development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles begin to bite. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visiting Mount Paektu in Ryanggang Province Credit:  AFP "It seems that whoever printed these supernotes has the facilities and high level of technology matching that of a government", Lee Ho-jung, a bank spokesman said. "They are made with special ink that changes colour depending on the angle, patterned paper and Intaglio printing that gives texture to the surface of a note". Another bank source told The Hankyoreh newspaper, "To print supernote-level forgeries, you need a minting corporation-level production line in place, which costs hundreds of billions of won. "This makes if difficult for ordinary criminal organisations to produce them". Earlier versions of supernotes have been around for at least 15 years, with US government officials estimating in 2006 that as much as $250 million worth of fake $100 bills could be in circulation worldwide. Case study | Counterfeit cash in the UK In recent years, Pyongyang appears to have scaled back its forging operation, which is reportedly overseen by the shadowy Division 39, although that may have changed given the pressure that the regime is now under. In the past, North Korea was believed to distribute the bills overseas through criminal groups and by transporting them abroad through the diplomatic pouch to embassies from where they could be slipped into circulation. In December 2011, the Irish High Court dismissed an application from the US to extradite Sean Garland, the alleged chief of staff of the Official Irish Republican Army, in connection with passing fake supernotes. Mr Garland had been observed travelling to Moscow and visiting the North Korean embassy in the company of a number of former KGB officials. Fake notes were later allegedly smuggled into Ireland and the UK and exchanged for pounds or other currencies.[...]


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Battle for Moscow: How Russia Stopped Nazi Germany's Military

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:33:00 -0500

(image) Would the capture of Moscow have altered the outcome of World War II? Moscow was more than the administrative capital of the Soviet Union: it was also a vital rail hub and production center. There was also the symbolic value: totalitarian dictators, like Hitler and Stalin, crafted images of themselves as all-knowing leaders of their nations.



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Trump slammed for throwing insults at the media in the wake of attempted terror attack in NYC

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:47:53 -0500

(image) President Donald Trump is receiving backlash for attacking the "failing" New York Times shortly after being briefed on an attempted terror attack in New York City Monday. ".@POTUS has been briefed on the explosion in New York City," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Twitter at 8:13 a.m.



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'Dear Alabama' Goes Viral As Folks Make Heartfelt Pleas To Reject Roy Moore

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:20:38 -0500

(image) People online are issuing heartfelt pleas for Alabamians to reject GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore in Tuesday’s special election. The “Dear Alabama” term began trending on Twitter late Monday as celebrities and activists joined thousands of others in making the case for why the President Donald Trump-endorsed former state judge, who faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, should not be elected to office. Instead, they urged voters to side with Democratic candidate Doug Jones.



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Netherlands Tops The Good Country Index, But The News Isn't So Good For The U.S.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:50:56 -0500

(image) The United States has slipped down the rankings of an index designed to rate countries on the effect they have on humanity and on the planet.



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U.S.-backed Syrian forces, Iraqi army coordinate at border: SDF

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:12:05 -0500

(image) U.S.-backed militias in Syria said they have formed a joint military center with the Iraqi army to protect their common border region after ousting Islamic State militants. Daesh is an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.





“What Putin Really Wants”: The Atlantic’s January/February Issue Cover Story

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:50:38 -0500

(image) Washington, D.C. (December 11, 2017)—Vladimir Putin is no chess master. He’s a gambler who has taken larger risks in recent years. And while the subversion of the 2016 U.S. election was a spectacular geopolitical heist pulled off on a shoestring budget, Americans have a key misunderstanding of Russia and the man that pulls the strings. The Atlantic staff writer Julia Ioffe spent months reporting on her native Russia to determine “What Putin Really Wants,”appearing on the cover of The Atlantic’s January/February 2018 issue and published today at TheAtlantic.com. In the wide-ranging cover story, Ioffe offers the definitive telling of how the Kremlin, despite its limitations, pulled off one of the greatest acts of political sabotage in modern history. And she describes how far an emboldened Putin is prepared to go—in 2018, in 2020—in order to get what he wants.








Dying polar bear roams iceless land for food in 'soul-crushing' video

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:47:53 -0500

Heartbreaking footage of a starving polar bear desperately searching for food on iceless land highlights the “real face of climate change”, conservationists say. Photojournalist Paul Nicklen said his team were moved to tears as they captured the struggling animal’s battle to stay alive on Canada’s Baffin Island last summer. The “soul-crushing” scene, captured by marine conservationists SeaLegacy, shows the emaciated bear searching an abandoned Inuit camp for sustenance. “My entire SeaLegacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear,” explained Mr Nicklen. “It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. Polar bears are listed as vulnerable due to a “loss of sea ice habitat from climate change” Credit: AP “When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. “The simple truth is this - if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth-our home-first.” His colleague Cristina Mittermeier said it was “one of the hardest shoots we have ever had to do”. “Through tears, we were able to capture this footage with the hope of awakening people to the realities of a climate change future,” she said. Polar bears are the poster child for climate change  Credit: AP SeaLegacy said though it couldn’t say with 100 per cent certainty what had caused the bear to starve to death, the group added: “We do know that he didn’t have any visible wounds and that he was not an old bear. “Many of you have asked whether we could have saved this individual bear, but the hard truth is that he was on his last legs and his muscles had atrophied beyond repair. It would also have been illegal to feed him, to approach him, or to do anything to ease his pain.” The group warned an increasing number of polar bears are likely to die in this way “as a result of our warming climate”. “As global temperatures rise, the amount of multi-year sea ice in the Arctic shrinks. Polar bears depend on that ice to travel large distances and to hunt for their food. Without sea ice this will become a common scene across the Arctic,” they said.  The World Wildlife Fund says polar bears are vulnerable due to a “loss of sea ice habitat from climate change”. A study published last year by University of Washington researchers found that polar bears across the Arctic are facing a shorter sea ice season, a surface they depend on for hunting, travelling and breeding.[...]


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Los Angeles subway work uncovers array of Ice Age fossils

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:15:35 -0500

(image) LOS ANGELES (AP) — As part of the crew digging a subway extension under the streets of Los Angeles, Ashley Leger always keeps her safety gear close by.



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Fox News Anchor Fumbles With Facts During Segment On 'Fake News'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:13:23 -0500

(image) During a Sunday segment sounding the alarm about the rise of “fake news” in the mainstream media, Fox News anchor Leland Vittert twice claimed that The Washington Post had fired a reporter over a misleading tweet that sparked the ire of President Donald Trump.



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US man on the run after escaping notorious Bali prison

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:07:03 -0500

(image) A US man convicted on drugs charges escaped Bali's notorious Kerobokan jail in an early Monday morning jailbreak with another American prisoner who was caught almost immediately, an official said. The pair made a break from the Indonesian resort island's main prison by cutting a hole in the roof with a hacksaw, authorities said. Foreigners are regularly arrested for drugs offences on Bali.



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Senator Collins says undecided on final tax bill vote

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:15:20 -0500

(image) By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins, whose support was crucial in passing the Senate tax reform bill earlier this month, said on Sunday she has not yet decided whether she will back the final measure negotiated by House and Senate leaders. The moderate Republican from Maine has laid out conditions for her support of a final "conference committee" version of the tax proposal. Republican Senate leaders worked hard to get Collins' support for the legislation, the largest change to U.S. tax laws since the 1980s that would slash the corporate tax rate.





Russia and China Are Doing Joint Air Defense Drills to Prepare for a Surprise Attack

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:30:00 -0500

(image) Russia and China are kicking off a series of joint air defense exercises called Aerospace Security-2017, highlighting the growing strategic partnership between the two great powers. In recent years, Russia and China have more or less set aside their differences dating back to the Soviet-era to jointly push back against the American-led liberal institutional world order.



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Oxford Researchers Make Startling Discovery About Ancient St. Nicholas Relic

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:35:09 -0500

(image) A post shared by Dr Georges Kazan (@drgeorgeskazan) on Dec 5, 2017 at 4:56pm PST Researchers at Oxford University have used modern scientific technology to test a religious relic believed to belong to St. Nicholas, the fourth-century Christian bishop whose generosity inspired the legend of Santa Claus.



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Robert Mugabe flies to Singapore in his first trip since being ousted

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:25:47 -0500

(image)  Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, his first foreign travel since the army forced him from office last month, a state security official said on Tuesday. The 93-year-old, who ruled the southern African nation for 37 years, resigned after the army and his ruling ZANU-PF party turned against him when it became clear that his 52-year-old wife, Grace, was being groomed as his successor. Until recently the world's oldest head of state, Mugabe had a reputation for extensive and expensive international travel, including regular medical trips to Singapore - a source of public anger among his impoverished citizens. He left Harare with Grace and aides on Monday evening, the official said. He is expected to make a stop-over in Malaysia, where his daughter, Bona, is expecting a second child. "He has gone for a routine medical trip to Singapore," said the official, who has organised Mugabe's security protection but who is not authorised to speak to the media. "He was due for a check-up but events of the last few weeks made it impossible for him to travel." The trip means Mugabe will not be in Zimbabwe when ZANU-PF endorses President Emmerson Mnangagwa as its leader and presidential candidate for next year's elections during a one-day special congress on Friday. The security official would not say how Mugabe was travelling although the privately owned NewsDay newspaper said he was on a state-owned Air Zimbabwe plane. Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and assured of his safety under his resignation deal, a source of frustration to many Zimbabweans who accused him of looting state coffers and destroying the economy during his time in power. Another government official told Reuters last month Mugabe had been due to travel to Singapore on Nov. 16 but was unable to leave because the military had confined him to his private home the previous day. George Charamba, a senior information ministry official, declined to comment. Under Zimbabwe's Presidential Pension and Retirement Benefits Act, a former head of state is entitled to perks including limited foreign travel and medical insurance. "These are very standard features of a retired president," another government official said, trying to head off any controversy. "You are making a storm out of nothing."



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Two killed as plane crashes into house in San Diego

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:15:09 -0500

(image) Local media report the plane crashed into the home in the Clairemont neighbourhood at around 4.40pm local time on Saturday. The single-engine, six-seat Beech BE36 Bonanza had taken off from Montgomery Field airport around half a mile from the crash site. The pilot and a passenger were taken to hospital with burns and two passengers died at the scene, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.



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Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army Deserter Who Fled to North Korea, Has Died in Japan

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:02:18 -0500

(image) Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army deserter to North Korea who married a Japanese abductee and lived in Japan after their release, has died. He was 77.



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Star U.S. Diplomat Quits With Fiery Letter To Rex Tillerson

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:26:40 -0500

(image) A distinguished U.S. diplomat who was seen as a rising star at the State Department resigned after writing a searing letter to Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson, accusing him of gutting the department and damaging America’s standing across the world.



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Rouhani meeting wraps British FM's 'worthwhile' Iran visit

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:14:29 -0500

(image) Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday, wrapping up a visit in which he pushed for the release of imprisoned dual nationals. A key focus of Johnson's visit had been the case of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is serving five years for taking part in mass protests in 2009, which she denies. "Nazanin's case was not held today in the wake of the foreign secretary's visit.



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7 of the Best Bank Stocks to Buy for 2018

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:23:43 -0500

(image) The first year of the Trump administration was great for the financial sector, which, with a few weeks left in the year, had risen 19 percent in 2017 alone. CUBI is a small-cap regional bank that looks like one of the most undervalued names in the entire market. CUBI suffered in 2017 after writing off a bad investment that damaged earnings per share, but with that impairment almost totally behind it, EPS is expected to rise 27 percent in 2018 -- and it wouldn't be shocking for CUBI to rise that amount, either.





Celebrities Urge Alabamians To Stay On #RightSideOfHistory As Election Looms

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:37:06 -0500

(image) With Tuesday’s nail-biter of a special Senate election approaching in Alabama, celebrities and others have been taking to social media to urge the state’s voters to stay on the #RightSideOfHistory.



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Huntington’s breakthrough as early trial shows injection may stop disease

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:50:51 -0500

Huntington’s disease patients have been offered new hope after a trial showed a groundbreaking genetic treatment appears to slow down the illness. Current medications only treat symptoms rather than treating the underlying condition which gradually eats away at the brain, robbing people of movement, speech and dignity. But a small trial of 46 men and women showed that the new drug silences the genetic mutation which causes Huntington’s. Prof Sarah Tabrizi, director of University College London’s Huntington’s Disease Centre who led the phase 1 trial, said the results were ‘beyond what I’d ever hoped,’ and said it eventually may be possible to stop the disease before irreversible damage to the brain had occurred. “The results of this trial are of ground-breaking importance for Huntington’s disease patients and families,” she said. "For the first time we have the potential, we have the hope, of a therapy that one day may slow or prevent Huntington's disease." The treatment prevents the production of a dangerous protein which kills brain cells  Huntington’s is an incurable degenerative disease caused by a single defect in the huntingtin gene which turns a usually helpful protein into a lethal brain cell killer. It affects around 10,000 people in Britain. The drug, called Ionis-HTTRx, works by intercepting a messenger molecule and destroying it before the harmful protein can be made, effectively silencing the effects of the mutant gene. It effectively stops Huntington's in its tracks. Although the trial was too small, and not long enough, to show whether patients’ clinical symptoms improved,  it showed the drug was safe, well tolerated by patients and crucially  it reduced the levels of huntingtin in the brain. “This is probably the most significant moment in the history of Huntington’s since the gene,” added Prof Tabrizi. To deliver the drug to the brain, it has to be injected into the fluid around the spine once a month using a four-inch needle. The treatment could potentially be adapted to target other incurable brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. FAQ | Dementia The Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche has paid $45 million for the rights to the drug, and is expected to launch a major trial to test the clinical effectiveness of the drug, while trial data is sue to be published shortly. Charities welcome the results, saying it was of ‘groundbreaking importance to families affected by Huntington's. “This is a great day for the Huntington's disease community,” said Chief Executive Cath Stanley. “This is a big step forward in Huntington's disease research and although there is still someway to go before the overall results are known, this is a big step forward.”  Prof Roger Barker, Professor of Clinical Neuroscience and Honorary Consultant Neurologist, a[...]


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Court reverses itself and restores woman's murder conviction

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:01:16 -0500

(image) ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court on Monday reversed its own recent decision and restored the felony murder conviction of a woman whose husband shot and killed a police officer.





Watch a Barn-Find Tucker Lay Numbers on a Dyno

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:09:21 -0500

(image) Tucker number 44, in the midst of a major restoration, hits the dyno to prove exactly how much power that helicopter-sourced flat six makes.



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Iraq holds victory parade after defeating Islamic State

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:02:40 -0500

(image) By Ahmed Aboulenein BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi military parade in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone celebrated final victory over Islamic State on Sunday, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi looking on as troops marched in formation, their bodies spelling "victory day" in Arabic. Abadi, who is also commander-in-chief of the armed forces, listened solemnly to Quranic verses from a chapter titled al-Nasr, meaning victory. ...



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