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Published: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:08:32 -0500

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Trump denies 4- to 8-hour TV habit: ‘I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC’

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:27:40 -0500

(image) Monday morning, shortly after CNN discussed a New York Times report describing Trump’s TV viewing habits, Trump took to Twitter to dismiss the article. Though he claimed he doesn’t watch much TV and seldom if ever watches CNN, many have seen signs that he does.



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Supreme Court's Wedding Cake Case Isn't About Faith, Religious Leaders Warn

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:54:43 -0500

(image) The Supreme Court wrestled with a clash between religious freedom and LGBTQ rights last week when justices heard oral arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.



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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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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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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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New York explosion latest: Suspect had 'improvised bomb' strapped to him on Manhattan subway, say NYPD

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:50:00 -0500

(image) New York City police say a man had an explosive device strapped on when it detonated while he was underground in the subway. It was a pipe bomb, attached by velcro and zip ties, but FBI bomb technicians and police officers are investigating further. The device went off in a corridor connecting the Times Square and Port Authority stations on the city's west side, one of the busiest commuter hubs, at 7:30am during the morning rush.



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Allegations against Roy Moore overshadow his final campaign rally

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:07:09 -0500

(image) “If you don’t believe in my character, don’t vote for me,” embattled Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore told Alabama voters at a rally Tuesday night.



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The Latest: Turkish leader notes shared views with Putin

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:18:07 -0500

(image) ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's trip to Syria, Egypt and Turkey: (all times local):



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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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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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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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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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Daredevil 'Rooftopper' Plunges To His Death From Chinese High Rise

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:37:40 -0500

(image) An incredibly agile Chinese social media star and fearless “rooftopper” plunged 62 floors to his death from a high-rise in the city of Changsha, police confirmed to Chinese media.



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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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MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:50:30 -0500

(image) MSC Seaside was named best new ship of the year Tuesday in the annual awards handed out by Cruise Critic, the cruise website.



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Committeewoman Resigns Over RNC's Support For Roy Moore

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:29:51 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON ― A member of the Republican National Committee resigned Monday over the committee’s support for Roy Moore, the Alabama GOP Senate candidate who faces multiple accusations of preying on teenage girls decades ago.



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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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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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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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Tennessee boy's heart-wrenching video about bullying rallies massive support

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:40:52 -0500

(image) A Tennesse boy's emotional video about the relentless bullying he experiences in school is stirring support across the country.



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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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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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There Are Huge Obstacles To Casting A Ballot In Alabama's Special Election

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:38:54 -0500

(image) The last-minute push to focus on voter turnout in the Alabama special election for a U.S. Senate seat has brought the state’s restrictive voting policies into renewed focus, prompting concern that many eligible voters who wish to cast a vote on Tuesday will not be able to.



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Racial dispute at beloved bakery roils liberal college town

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:32:35 -0500

(image) Students at Oberlin College have long enjoyed pastries, bagels and chocolates from Gibson's Bakery, a century-old, family-owned business near campus. That sweet relationship has turned bitter amid hotly disputed accusations of racism, roiling a school and town long known for their liberal politics.



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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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Photographer, Now Facing Felonies, Had Asked News Site For Inauguration Work

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:28:17 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON ― A photographer currently facing trial on several felony charges after being arrested during a protest of Donald Trump’s inauguration had reached out to a Texas news outlet before Jan. 20 about photographing the protests, yet another indication he was working as a journalist that day.



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Morawiecki sworn in as Polish PM amid dispute with EU

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:17:09 -0500

(image) By Marcin Goclowski and Lidia Kelly WARSAW (Reuters) - Mateusz Morawiecki was sworn in as Poland's new prime minister on Monday and European Council President Donald Tusk called on the new leader to pursue European unity. Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) is at odds with the EU over immigration, logging in an ancient forest and government attempts to control the courts and the media.



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Trump Attacks Kirsten Gillibrand, Blames Democrats For 'Fabricated Stories' Of Sexual Assault

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:44:30 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump on Tuesday assailed renewed claims of sexual misconduct against him as “fabricated stories,” a day after several of his accusers called on Congress to investigate the president’s past behavior.



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US, S. Korea, Japan start missile-tracking drill, irking China

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:12:52 -0500

(image) The US, South Korea and Japan carried out joint exercises Monday to track missiles from North Korea, as China warned that such manoeuvres fuel tensions following nuclear-armed Pyongyang's longest-range test launch to date. The trilateral drill comes less than two weeks after Pyongyang test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and declared it had achieved nuclear statehood, escalating global alarm over its weapons push. The two-day exercise -- the sixth since June last year -- kicked off in waters near the Korean peninsula and Japan, Seoul's defence ministry said.



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Man Arrested in 1995 Kidnapping of 9-Year-Old Girl

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:54:57 -0500

(image) Kevin Lin was taken into custody in Southern California by the U.S. State Department on Friday after applying for a passport with his real name, authorities said.



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39 Amazing Chicken Thigh Recipes

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:38:08 -0500

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Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:30:27 -0500

(image) NEW YORK (AP) — This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017 is "feminism."



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Nazi Germany's 'Star Wars' Tank Was a Total Disaster

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:42:00 -0500

(image) The unique Kugelpanzer, or “ball tank”, was built in Germany and at some point shipped over to Japanese-occupied China. The kinship with World War I-era prototypes ties the Kugelpanzer’s concept to an era in which the tank’s advantage in “mobility” related to its ability to negotiate the cratered and trench-strewn battlefields of World War I, rather than execute Blitzkrieg-style rapid advances. The Star Wars prequel movies featured various monowheel robots and vehicles amongst its various fantastical elements.



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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.





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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White House Slamming Media’s Mistakes Is Height Of Hypocrisy

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:42:57 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON ― White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lashed out at reporters on Monday in response to multiple high-profile corrections to news stories this month, falsely claiming that journalistic outlets do not regularly take responsibility for mistakes and intentionally publish inaccurate information.



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U.S. not granting loan relief to defrauded students: inspector general

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:22:40 -0500

(image) The U.S. Education Department under President Donald Trump and Secretary Betsy DeVos has stopped cancelling the student-loan debt of people defrauded by failed for-profit schools and those borrowers face mounting interest and other burdens, its inspector general said on Monday.



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