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Published: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:17:22 -0500

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63 Percent Of Americans Believe Donald Trump Tried To Obstruct Russia Probe

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 23:36:43 -0500

(image) A new poll has found that 63 percent of Americans believe President Donald Trump has tried to “impede or obstruct” the investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. election and possible links between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin.



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Mystery swirls around powerful North Korea official as Hwang Pyong-so remains missing

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:55:35 -0500

(image) A North Korean official widely deemed as the nation’s second most powerful figure has been missing for some time, raising speculation that he has been executed.



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Trump administration prohibits CDC from using certain words

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:05:45 -0500

(image) According to a Washington Post report, the Trump administration is banning the Center for Disease Control from using certain words in their official documents including fetus, transgender and diversity.



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Track Palin, son of politician Sarah Palin, arrested in Alaska

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:31:44 -0500

(image) The elder son of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was in jail on Sunday, facing assault and burglary charges in her home state of Alaska. Track Palin, 28, appeared in state court in Palmer, Alaska, earlier in the day, on a felony burglary charge and misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief charges, court records showed.



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Oprah and Katy Perry Are Among Those Affected By Thomas Fire

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:14:15 -0500

(image) Oprah Winfrey and Katy Perry are now among the thousands of people that have been affected by the Thomas Fire in California



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Billionaire founder of Canada drug firm in 'suspicious' death

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:29:45 -0500

(image) Canada's global pharmaceutical giant Apotex has confirmed the death of its billionaire founder Barry Sherman, after police reported two "suspicious" deaths at the couple's upscale Toronto home. Police did not identify the victims, who were found on Friday, but Canadian media named them as Sherman and his wife Honey, prominent Canadians whose deaths sparked an outpouring of grief among the country's political elite. "We've been informed of the tragic news that Barry and Honey Sherman have unexpectedly passed away," said the Twitter account of Apotex, which Sherman founded in 1974.



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Major Power Outage At Atlanta International Airport Delays Flights

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:49:04 -0500

(image) A major power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday prompted officials to order all flights headed there to be grounded at their departure points or diverted.



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Amid Sexual Harassment Probe, Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen Won't Seek Re-Election

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:18:17 -0500

(image) Democratic Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen said on Saturday he won’t seek re-election in 2018 just one day after the House Ethics Committee said it would investigate allegations of sexual harassment from two women.



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Santa’s workshop comes to life in Brooklyn, New York

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:12:09 -0500

(image) Fifty years ago, Lou Nasti gained fame when he built a robot that landed him on the front page of the New York Times. Now his skill can be seen in his detailed animatronic Christmas workshop in Brooklyn, New York and on display all around the world.



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Relief, Bitterness And Frustration: Another Year Of Obamacare Enrollment

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:00:30 -0500

(image) Since the first open enrollment period for the Obamacare exchanges began in the fall of 2013, these health insurance markets have been a godsend, a disaster or something in between for consumers.



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AP PHOTOS: Best of 2017 for the Middle East

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 06:00:43 -0500

(image) In 2017 the Islamic State group was driven from its last strongholds in Iraq and Syria at an enormous cost, Pakistanis broke their silence to speak about sexual abuse in Islamic schools, and the U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ignited widespread protests.



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Children serenade pope on 81st birthday; he appeals for kidnapped nuns

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:04:34 -0500

(image) Tens of thousands of people, many of them children, serenaded Pope Francis on his 81st birthday on Sunday, as the pontiff appealed for the release of Catholic nuns kidnapped last month in Nigeria. The crowd sang Happy Birthday in Italian as the pontiff appeared at the window of the Apostolic Palace overlooking St. Peter's Square for his weekly message and blessing. The first Latin American pope was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on Dec. 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires.





Montecito's misery: Ash rains in California wildfire battle

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 02:43:11 -0500

(image) Ash rained down Saturday on the dry hills and multi-million-dollar homes of Montecito, where firefighters chased spot blazes fanned by winds in one of California's largest wildfires in decades. The fire, named "Thomas", broke out almost two weeks ago and is now the state's third-largest wildfire since 1932. On Saturday it led to evacuation orders for areas in Santa Barbara County, including Montecito more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles along the Pacific coast.



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British embassy worker found murdered in Lebanon: official

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:08:42 -0500

(image) A British woman employed at the UK embassy in Lebanon has been found murdered, a senior official said Sunday, adding that the crime did not appear to be political. According to her social media profiles, she was employed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).





Pentagon admits it ran secret multimillion-dollar UFO programme between 2007 and 2012

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:46:00 -0500

(image) The Pentagon has admitted it ran a secret programme tasked with investigating sightings of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs. Although the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Programme ended five years ago, when US defence officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities, it remains unclear if it has continued to investigate sightings of mysterious vehicles. Most of the money went to an aerospace research company ran by Robert Bigelow, a billionaire entrepreneur and longtime friend of Mr Reid.



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Mario Batali Apologizes For Sexual Harassment With Cinnamon Rolls

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:03:25 -0500

(image) Mario Batali, the former host of “The Chew” who stands accused of sexual misconduct, issued an apology to fans on Friday through his newsletter and inexplicably ended it with a recipe for cinnamon rolls.



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France Promises To 'Defend Net Neutrality' In Wake Of FCC Vote In U.S.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:40:47 -0500

(image) In the aftermath of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s vote to repeal net neutrality last week, the French government has spoken up in support of a free and open internet.



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Third Sea Lion Attack in a Week Prompts Swimming Ban at San Francisco Park

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:35:12 -0500

(image) "I haven’t had a single sea lion or wildlife attack like this."





End of days comes for Ohio man's 'zombie Nativity' scene

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:55:41 -0500

(image) CINCINNATI (AP) — A ghoulish holiday tradition outside of Cincinnati will soon come to a close after an Ohio man said he won't put up his "zombie Nativity" scene after this year.








Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte backs same-sex marriage

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:19:20 -0500

(image) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared himself in favour of same-sex marriage in an about turn that will put him on a collision course with the country's powerful Catholic Church. Speaking at the weekend at a gathering of the LGBT community in his home city of Davao, southern Philippines, he vowed to protect their rights and invited them to nominate a representative to work in his government. "I am for (same) sex marriage if that is the trend of modern times," he said. "If that will add to your happiness, I am for it." Profile | Rodrigo Duterte Mr Duterte was quoted previously in the local media as opposing same-sex marriage, using the gender issue to attack liberal Western countries who allow it, especially those criticising his brutal war against drugs which has killed thousands of Filipino citizens. But according to the local Inquirer, Mr Duterte dramatically backtracked from earlier remarks in his latest speech, revealing that he had gay family members and joking that he once toyed with the idea of being bisexual. "Why impose a morality that is no longer working and almost passe," he said, adding that "there will be no oppression" during his term in office and that his government would recognise the LGBT community's "importance in society". His shift will put him at odds with the Catholic Church who have already strongly criticised his bloody crackdown on drugs. The country's powerful bishops earlier this year voiced concern about any moves to legalise same-sex unions. While most Western countries have legalised same-sex marriage, with Australia being the latest to do so, the LGBT community still faces widespread discrimination across Asia. Only Vietnam and Taiwan have made progress towards marriage equality but have yet to enshrine the right to marry a member of the same sex in law.



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Landslides kill 26 in storm-hit Philippine province: local officials

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:37:37 -0500

(image) At least 26 people were killed while several residents were missing in an island province in central Philippines after tropical storm Kai-tak brought heavy rains that triggered landslides, local authorities and media said on Sunday. Kai-tak cut power supplies in many areas, forced the cancellation of several flights, stranded more than 15,000 people in various ports in the region and prompted nearly 88,000 people to seek shelter in evacuation centers. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Biliran island said 26 residents had died, but the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has yet to make any official announcement about fatalities.





Camille Grammar Says She Was ‘Nervous’ About Getting Married After Her Divorce

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:33:56 -0500

(image) Camille Grammer opened up about her engagement to lawyer David C. Meyer and how she was nervous about marriage after her split from famous ex Kelsey Grammer



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93-Year-Old Woman Spends 2 Nights In Jail After Eviction From Senior Housing

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:58:37 -0500

(image) Florida authorities released an elderly woman from jail on Thursday after police arrested her for allegedly not paying rent at the senior housing community where she had lived since 2011.



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Argentina navy chief sacked over sub tragedy

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:50:35 -0500

(image) Argentina dismissed its naval chief on Saturday, the most high-profile officer to be fired a month after a submarine went missing with 44 crew members on board. It's a political decision," a navy officer told AFP on condition of anonymity about the decision to remove Admiral Marcelo Srur during an ongoing investigation into the sub's disappearance. Srur is the fifth senior officer to have been relieved of his functions so far over the ARA San Juan's disappearance.



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Russia and NATO: Headed for a Missile Arms Race in Europe?

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:36:00 -0500

(image) The NATO alliance is urging Moscow to return to compliance with the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces bilateral U.S.-Russia treaty, which bans land-based missiles that have ranges between 500km and 5,500km. “Allies have identified a Russian missile system that raises serious concerns,” reads a statement from the alliance.



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In sex assault laws, definition of consent varies widely

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:47:12 -0500

(image) For two months now, as accusations of sexual misconduct have piled up against Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced mogul has responded over and over again: "Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied."



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Trump to say in security speech that China is competitor: officials

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:42:36 -0500

(image) By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will lay out a new U.S. national security strategy on Monday based on his "America First" policy and will, among other items, make clear that China is a competitor, two senior U.S. officials said on Saturday. Trump has praised Chinese President Xi Jinping while also demanding that Beijing increase pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program and to change trade practices to make them more favorable to the United States. The national security strategy, to be rolled out in a speech by Trump, should not be seen as an attempt to contain China but rather to offer a clear-eyed look at the challenges China poses, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.





The Myth That Urbanization Means Prosperity

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

(image) When it comes to cities and urbanization, it is generally thought that bigger is better. But a pair of recent studies suggests that although industrialized nations may have benefited from larger cities, the same is not true for the rapidly urbanizing areas of the developing world. In these parts of the globe, there really might be such a thing as too much urbanization, too quickly.



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Pastor Blasts Supreme Court’s Gay Wedding Cake Case In Unhinged Rant

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:00:41 -0500

(image) A conservative pastor known for producing controversial Facebook videos is back with a blistering defense of Christian businesses who turn away same-sex couples.



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How virtual bitcoin production is 'killing the planet'

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:26:16 -0500

Existing only in the digital sphere but currently worth a fortune, it is the virtual currency that has gone mainstream in recent weeks.  However, it has emerged that the production of bitcoins uses so much energy it threatens to seriously harm the planet. In recent months investors have flocked to the currency that exists only in cyberspace and is traded directly from person to person. But its very success had led to fears about the environmental impact of the Bitcoin phenomenon. The process by which the currency is produced in the digital world uses an enormous amount of energy, much of it coming from the carbon fuels that cause the most pollution. Total electricity use in bitcoin mining has increased by 30 percent in the past month, according to accounting firm PwC. Bitcoin electricity consumption Alex de Vries, an analyst for at PwC, who started the Digiconomist blog to show the potential pitfalls in cryptocurrency, said: “The energy-consumption is insane. If we start using this on a global scale, it will kill the planet.” One major producer, Bitmain Technologies Ltd, runs a server farm in Erdors, Inner Mongolia, housed inside eight 100-meter-long metal warehouses, with about 25,000 computers dedicated to solving the encrypted calculations that generate each bitcoin. The entire operation runs on electricity produced with coal, as do a growing number of cryptocurrency “mines” popping up in China. Bitcoin | Your essential guide The global industry’s use of power is thought to equal that required for three million U.S. homes, topping the individual consumption of 159 countries, according to the Digiconomist Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index. And as more bitcoin is created, the difficulty rate of token-generating calculations increases, as does the need for electricity. Christopher Chapman, a London-based analyst at Citigroup Inc, said: “This has become a dirty thing to produce.”. Bitcoin was devised by an unknown individual or group under the name Satoshi Nakamoto as a system that awards virtual coins for solving complex puzzles and uses an encrypted digital ledger to track all the work and every transaction. As the market grew from one limited to gamers in 2009 to a global phenomenon this year, ever-more computing power was needed by large networks. Bitcoins are created as a reward for a process known as ‘mining’ and can be exchanged for other currencies, goods and services. Prices have surged more than 2,000 percent in the past year on some exchanges and touched a record of more than $17,900 on Friday. Bitcoin price: last 365 days But according to a recent study of the industry by experts at Cambridge University, China - which gets about 60 percent of its electricity from coal - is the biggest operator of computer “mines” and probably accounts for about a quarter of all the power used to create cryptocurrencies. About 58 percent of the world’s large cryptocurrency mining pools were located in China, followed by the U.S. at 16 percent, the study found. Bitcoin server farms in provinces such as Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia and Heilongjian are heavily reliant upon coal-generated electricity [...]


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Spain Arrests Suspect Wanted in Italy for Multiple Killings

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:54:42 -0500

(image) He was arrested after three were killed in Spain, including two Civil Guards





Australia government scrapes through by-election test

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:51:49 -0500

(image) Australia's government avoided losing its slim majority in parliament Saturday, voting showed, as it claimed victory in a bitterly fought by-election that had threatened its hold on power. The poll in the suburban Sydney seat of Bennelong was triggered by a constitutional crisis that has seen a host of parliamentarians resign over a once-obscure rule barring dual citizens from federal office.



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Will U.S. Marines Fight the North Koreans in 'Pajamas?'

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 23:25:00 -0500

(image) If the U.S. actually goes back to war with North Korea, American troops are going to need a uniform that is lightweight, breathable, and provides adequate camouflage in the forest, complete with a solid pair of boots for humping up and down all of those big mountains. Fortunately for Marines, the Corps has been working hard to ensure they’ll have both. Lt. Col. Christopher Madeline of Marine Corps Systems Command told Marine Corps Times on Dec. 9 that tropical uniforms and boots should be available starting in late 2018.



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Florida moves to control booming, invasive iguanas

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:42:24 -0500

(image) MIAMI (AP) — With burrowing iguanas showing up in people's toilets and damaging expensive sewer lines, Florida wildlife managers are stepping up efforts to control the state's booming population of the wild, invasive reptiles.





SPD leader wants Merkel to relinquish finance ministry: Handelsblatt

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:19:37 -0500

(image) Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) leader Martin Schulz wants Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to leave the powerful finance ministry to his center-left party in coalition talks, a report in business daily Handelsblatt said. SPD leaders agreed on Friday to open exploratory talks on forming a government with Merkel's center-right bloc, providing a chance to end a rare period of political deadlock in Europe's economic powerhouse after an inconclusive federal election.





American Airlines tried to charge a mother $150 for traveling with breast milk

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:55:48 -0500

(image) How is it that airlines keep screwing up simple things like company policy and established TSA rules? The latest travel blunder belongs to American Airlines. When Sara showed up with her husband and young son for their flight from Boston to Arizona, the gate attendant stopped them for having too many bags and tried to charge them a $150 fee to check a cooler filled with frozen breast milk. SEE ALSO: Some jerk just diverted a flight by naming his hotspot 'bomb on board' Salow told ABC 15 that she and her husband had shown up with four carry-on items: a stroller, a diaper bag, a backpack, and the aforementioned cooler. "I'm like, 'This is a diaper bag, which I thought was exempt; [that backpack is] his personal item and we have the cooler — I didn't have a personal item,'" Salow told ABC 15. Most airlines — including American — allow passengers to travel with one carry-on and one "personal item," which for most people usually amounts to a small suitcase and a backpack, briefcase, or purse. Additionally, Salow told the news station that she'd looked into what she could bring with her ahead of time. American Airlines exempts certain items from the carry-on policy, including strollers, diaper bags.  Further, TSA rules exempt breast milk from the "no liquids" policy, and American recognizes that — though ABC 15's report notes that the airline's website didn't specifically list breast milk as exempt until Dec. 14. Despite all of that, Salow told ABC 15 that the gate attendant tried to make her pay a $150 fee to check the cooler. "We were pretty mad. I immediately started crying," she said. "It was humiliating, they kept telling us it was because we were basic economy passengers; it really felt demeaning." The couple ended up leaving their cooler behind. The airline later issued a statement in response to the incident, apologizing to Salow. WATCH: This suitcase can transform into a stroller for your child



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Uber Driver Accused of Raping 16-Year-Old Passenger

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:58:36 -0500

(image) Police fear there may be other victims





High and dry: Pakistan's penchant for hash

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 22:47:09 -0500

(image) Niaz Ali is a deeply religious man: He prays five times a day and visits the mosque as frequently as possible. A sacred intoxication," says Ali, who asked to use a pseudonym, after taking a fresh rip off a hookah packed with pungent hash in Pakistan's bustling northwestern town of Peshawar. While Ali freely acknowledges using hash runs counter to the tenets of Islam, he insists it has its advantages.



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Macron: Talk to Assad now, he will answer for crimes later

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:19:54 -0500

(image) PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron thinks the Islamic State group will be defeated in Syria by the middle or end of February and that Syrian President Bashar Assad can't be ignored in the aftermath of a military victory but must one day answer for his crimes, according to a television interview that aired Sunday.



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Former Attorney General Eric Holder Says Termination of Robert Mueller Would Be 'Absolute Red Line'

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:02:21 -0500

(image) "The American people must be seen and heard"





What does Alabama Senate race mean for 2018?

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:43:24 -0500

(image) Senate Republicans lost one of their Alabama seats this week and are attempting to pass an unpopular tax bill. Both may have an effect on the party's success in 2018 midterms.



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P&G appoints Peltz to board despite losing proxy battle

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:38:11 -0500

(image) Procter & Gamble Co said it appointed Nelson Peltz to its board despite the activist investor narrowly losing a months-long proxy fight, the biggest ever involving a U.S. company. Immediately after its annual meeting in mid-October, P&G said it beat Peltz by a slim margin, but a preliminary tally by an independent election inspector, released a month later, showed otherwise. "Because the election results were so close, and because a large number of shareholders voted for Nelson Peltz to be a director, the board has engaged in numerous discussions with Mr. Peltz regarding a board seat," P&G said on Friday.