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Published: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:31:02 -0400

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White House all in before crucial health care vote: 'There is no Plan B'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:05:51 -0400

(image) On what could be the eve of a crucial health care vote and with the reported numbers still seemingly unfavorable, the White House remained confident that the American Health Care Act would pass the House on Thursday. “Piece by piece, member by member, we’re getting there, and we’re getting much closer,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday of gathering the votes necessary to repeal Obamacare. The White House team did have some success on Wednesday, flipping Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., to a “yes” vote after assuring him that they supported his proposed amendment, which would deny health care credits to undocumented immigrants.



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Bernie Sanders Voting Against Gorsuch Nomination

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:13:18 -0400

(image) Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., discusses the health care debate and says President Trump "doesn't always tell the truth." Sanders also talks about the Russia investigation and Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.



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London attack: 5 dead, 40 injured in ‘terrorist’ incident on Westminster Bridge

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:48:05 -0400

(image) Five people were killed and 40 others injured after an attacker plowed a car into a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge in London on Wednesday afternoon in what U.K. officials are investigating as an act of terrorism. British police are treating the incident as terrorism. London Mayor Sadiq Khan released a video statement condemning the attack.



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Dakota Access pipeline vandalism highlights sabotage risks

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:57:31 -0400

(image) BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline has reported "recent coordinated physical attacks" on the much-protested line, just as it's almost ready to carry oil.



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Jewish youth arrested in Israel over anti-Semitic threats abroad

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:48:58 -0400

(image) A Jewish youth was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of making dozens of anti-Semitic threats in countries around the world, police said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the suspect was "a resident of the south (of Israel) from the Jewish community". "The investigation began in several countries at the same time, in which dozens of threatening calls were received at public places, events, synagogues and community buildings that caused panic and disrupted events and activities in various organisations," a police statement said.



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Turkey says fires into Kurdish-held Syria after soldier killed by sniper

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:04:28 -0400

(image) By Tulay Karadeniz and Tom Perry ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey fired into Kurdish-controlled Syria on Wednesday after saying one of its soldiers was killed by a sniper from across the border, risking deeper conflict with a Kurdish militia backed by the United States and building ties to Russia. The Turkish military said the soldier was killed in the Turkish province of Hatay, across the border from Syria's Afrin, which is controlled by the Kurdish YPG militia.





911 call: Mom tried to resuscitate unresponsive twin babies

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:33:54 -0400

(image) LINDENWOLD, N.J. (AP) — The mother of twin baby girls who were found dead in an apartment can be heard screaming on a 911 call that they "are not breathing and both are purple."





4 Killed Including A Police Officer In Wisconsin

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:32:24 -0400

(image) Police confirmed that the suspect was taken into custody. However, they did not release the names of the people involved and killed during the shootings in Wisconsin.



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A teen made a website where kittens punch Trump. So, Trump unleashed his lawyers.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:00:15 -0400

(image) President Trump is busy this week helping to make sure millions of Americans don't lose their health insuran — -sorry, I mean, shutting down a teenage girl. 17-year-old Lucy from San Francisco recently designed a site called Kittenfeed.com (initially called TrumpScratch), where users get to punch Trump's face with tiny little kitchen paws. It seemed like a pretty harmless, anti-Trump site (the kittens don't even scratch!) — until she got a letter from the lawyers of a certain "well known businessman," The Observer reports.  SEE ALSO: People can't stop sharing this cartoon about Trump's 'Muslim ban' That "internationally known" and "famous" businessman (his lawyers words, not mine) is, of course, Donald Trump. In the letter, Trump's general counsel encourages the teen to cease and desist and shut down the website.  Image: www.kittenfeed.com After receiving the letter, Lucy decided to change the name of the website to Kittenfeed.com. That wasn't enough for Trump's counsel, who reportedly continued to press the 17-year-old girl. The family is waiting to see their next move. "It’s so sad that his administration is focused more on being liked, burying real news and taking down sites like mine as they supposedly make him look bad," Lucy told The Observer. Predictably, Trump's lawyers letter had the opposite effect of their intention. After The Observer published the report yesterday, the site's visitors surged from 3,000 to 50,000. Lesson: you can mess with Trump's lawyers, but don't you ever touch an animated kitten. WATCH: Robotic glove lets people with limited hand mobility perform daily tasks



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Wisconsin man who threatened to kill Obama loses appeal

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:25:54 -0400

(image) The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Wednesday rejected Brian Dutcher's request that his January 2016 jury conviction be set aside because of a lack of evidence. Dutcher, 56, of Tomah, said he had been unable to carry out his threat, having been armed only with a slingshot, and no one took him seriously. Dutcher had written on Facebook that he planned to attend a July 2, 2015 event in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where Obama was giving a speech, and hoped to "get a clear shot at the pretend president.





Can you tally up world progress?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:28:54 -0400

(image) When the cold war ended a quarter century ago, and with it the division of the world into two “camps,” the United Nations decided to start measuring the progress of humanity as a whole. The hope behind such alternative indicators is that an attempt to measure something might help reveal what causes it or could push it along.





Intelligence committee chair reignites wiretapping scandal

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:20:04 -0400

(image) President Trump says he feels "somewhat vindicated" on his wiretap claim after Congressman David Dunes said intelligence agencies may have picked up some private communications from his transition team.



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Official says welder sparked massive Kansas apartment fire

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:05:17 -0400

(image) OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A fire that leveled a multimillion-dollar apartment building under construction and spread to about two dozen homes in suburban Kansas City started when a welder accidentally ignited wooden building materials, fire officials said.



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Newly restored shrine at Jesus's tomb unveiled

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:20:37 -0400

(image) The newly restored shrine surrounding what is believed to be Jesus's tomb was unveiled at a ceremony in Jerusalem Wednesday following months of delicate work and in time for crowds of Easter visitors. Religious leaders in traditional robes addressed a ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried. Dignitaries including Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, considered the spiritual head of Orthodox church leaders, were in attendance.



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Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents: U.S. general

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:57:08 -0400

(image) By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Europe said on Thursday that he had seen Russian influence on Afghan Taliban insurgents growing and raised the possibility that Moscow was helping supply the militants, whose reach is expanding in southern Afghanistan. "I've seen the influence of Russia of late - increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban," Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, who is also NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.





Maryland high school thrust into immigration debate

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:36:50 -0400

(image) BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A Maryland high school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom there by two classmates, including one who authorities said came to the U.S. illegally from Central America.



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Attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:41 -0400

(image) A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain’s seat of power, plowing a car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, in what police said they were treating as a terrorist incident. Reuters reporters inside the building heard loud bangs and shortly afterwards a Reuters photographer said he saw at least a dozen people injured on Westminster Bridge, next to parliament.





Trumpcare Gives Wealthiest 1% A $31B Taxcut

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:25:04 -0400

(image) A state-by-state analysis shows the most 1 percenters gaining tax relief from the bill live in California but the region with the greatest percentage of beneficiaries is the District of Columbia.



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U.N. agency worried about forced return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:42:45 -0400

(image) The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday it is concerned about Cameroon forcing thousands of refugees to return to northeast Nigeria, an area struggling with insurgency and facing a potential famine. UNHCR teams in Nigeria have heard and documented accounts of Cameroonian troops returning refugees against their will, despite an agreement between the two countries that any such returns should be voluntary. Babar Baloch, UNHCR spokesman, told a press briefing the agency was "particularly concerned" that more than 2,600 refugees, many of whom had fled militant group Boko Haram, had been sent back to Nigerian border villages since the start of the year.











Hackers still threaten a remote wipe of iPhones, despite Apple’s statement

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:37:29 -0400

After news had emerged earlier this week that a hacker group called Turkish Crime Family (TCF) is holding millions of Apple ID accounts for ransom, Apple said that its servers and databases were not hacked. Instead, the company said that hackers may be using user databases acquired from massive data breaches that affected other parties, such as LinkedIn. Since the initial disclosure, the TCF reached out to media to provide additional details about their anti-Apple quest, explaining some of their reasoning behind the attack. In an email from a TCF domain to BGR that was likely distributed to other members of the media, the hackers say they’re still committed to unleashing the attack come April 7th, unless Apple pays up. The message, which reads like an ad-hoc press release coming from a hackers startup — the email does come from a “press” email account — explains that the report that said the hackers want $75,000 in ransom is false. The hackers also claim that all the communication with Apple was done via ICQ, and all the chats were kept private. “[We] requested $100,000 for each of our members which is 7 in total or $1 million worth in iTunes vouchers for instant resale at 60% of the original gift card value + Some private stuff that we have agreed not to publicize as we believe it may ruin Turkish Crime Family and Apple relations,” the hackers say. “The second thing is worth more to us than money.” The hackers say that Apple will force users to reset their passwords to stop them and avoid “serious server issues and customer complaints.” The TCF group claims it can reset some 2,550 iPhones per minute per server, which amounts to over 38 million accounts per hour. As for the number of affected accounts, it was bumped “from 519 million to 627 to then 717 million.” A Twitter account for the group mentioned that 200 million iCloud accounts will be factory reset. https://twitter.com/turkcrimefamily/status/844225625909051393 Why are they targeting Apple? Well, strangely enough, this appears to be some sort of retaliation for the recent measures the Department of Justice has taken against the four hackers that breached Yahoo in 2014, an attack that may have affected more than 500 million users. “We're doing this because we can, and mainly to spread awareness for Karim Baratov and Kerem Albayrak which both are being detained for the Yahoo hack and one of them is most probably facing heavy sentencing in America,” the hackers said. “Kerem Albayrak on the other hand is being accused of listing the Yahoo database for sale online.” The group says this isn’t a political attack, and that the TCF is a new criminal organization with a lot of resources and power. “This is just the start,” they say. They even have a media department. The attack on Yahoo was actually a military operation conducted by Russia, the FBI’s investigation proved, so it’s strange to see the hackers claim this isn’t political. Is this threat real? That remains to be seen. I think it's rather unlikely for this massive remote iPhone wipe to happen. Not because Apple confirmed its servers were not hacked but because of this whole messy PR campaign coming from the hackers. But fo yourself a favor and change your Apple ID password especially if you’ve been using it for any of the online services that were hacked in recent years.[...]


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WikiLeaks releases CIA hacks of Apple Mac computers

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:53:54 -0400

(image) The Central Intelligence Agency is able to permanently infect an Apple Mac computer so that even reinstalling the operating system will not erase the bug, according to documents published Thursday by WikiLeaks. In its second release allegedly from the CIA's arsenal of hacking tools, WikiLeaks also said that it appears the US spy agency has been able since 2008 to insert it bugs onto new and unused iPhones by intervening in Apple's supply and distribution network. The release follows the initial publication on March 9 by the anti-secrecy group of thousands of pages of instructions and code from what it called the entire CIA arsenal of hacking tools.



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US forces ferry Syrian-Kurdish fighters behind IS lines

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:28:44 -0400

(image) BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. aircraft ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allied forces behind Islamic State lines on Wednesday to spearhead a major ground assault on a strategic town held by the extremist group outside its self-declared capital, Raqqa, the Pentagon said, marking the first time U.S. forces have provided airlift for local forces on a combat operation in Syria.



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Lawyer for Russian whistle-blower's family injured in fall

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:37:26 -0400

(image) MOSCOW (AP) — A lawyer hired by the family of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian whistleblower who died in jail, has been seriously injured in a fall from his Moscow apartment.



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Spicer says GOP health care bill will pass: ‘If you want to see Obamacare repealed and replaced, this is the vote’

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:34:00 -0400

(image) During his daily press briefing on March 22, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said multiple times that he believes the GOP's health care bill will pass on Thursday when it comes up for a vote in the House. Spicer added, “If you want to see Obamacare repealed and replaced, this is the vote,” and “If you’re waiting for your chance, this is it.”



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Puerto Rico governor, bondholders divided on PREPA deal

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:04:25 -0400

(image) Puerto Rico's governor told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday the island's struggling power utility, PREPA, could undergo an in-court restructuring process akin to U.S. bankruptcy if a consensual deal with creditors cannot be achieved. Governor Ricardo Rossello said at a U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing his administration would prefer a consensual deal to bankruptcy, as lawmakers questioned him about delays in completing a $9 billion restructuring at PREPA. The hearing showcased growing discord between Rossello's administration and PREPA's creditors, which seemed to concern the committee in charge of leading Congress' response to Puerto Rico's ongoing crisis.





Trump sends holiday greetings to Iranians, does not mention travel ban

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:34:43 -0400

(image) By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, who has sought to ban travelers from Iran and other Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States, issued a holiday greeting on Wednesday to Iranians celebrating the New Year holiday known as Nowruz. Trump, who has also criticized the nuclear deal between Iran and western powers negotiated during President Barack Obama's administration, did not refer to the travel ban in his statement. It is an occasion to celebrate new beginnings, a sentiment that is particularly meaningful for so many Iranians who have come to our country in recent decades to make a new start in a free land," Trump said in a statement issued by the White House.





Over-excited little girl steals the Pope's hat off his head

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:15:14 -0400

(image) Little kids have 10 times the energy most adults have. Put them in contact with a famous person, and anything can happen.  MountainButorac, a Catholic blogger, recently took his goddaughter to see Pope Francis II in Rome. And the lucky little one didn't just get to see him, she got close enough to receive a kiss from the head of the Catholic Church. But she wanted so much more than that. Overwhelmed by energy, she reached out, desperate to discharge it somewhere, and pulled the Pope's hat off his head. SEE ALSO: Little kid aims his pro stink eye at a chip thief The Pope's hat is technically called a zucchetto.  And he actually seemed to enjoy the moment, or at least have enough social skills to feign enthusiasm.  Watch the full interaction and rejoice! The internet has risen!   We're sure Pope Francis forgave her for the transgression.  WATCH: Robotic glove lets people with limited hand mobility perform daily tasks



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Oregon teen's mom: Feds should probe fatal police shooting

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:51:58 -0400

(image) PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mother of an Oregon teenager who was fatally shot by a Portland police officer is demanding a federal Justice Department investigation into her son's death.



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Tillerson alias emails from his ExxonMobil era prove elusive

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:27:52 -0400

(image) Emails sent under a pseudonym by current US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he was still CEO of ExxonMobil, and which are sought by a court, cannot be produced, lawyers for the oil giant said. According to a letter dated March 21 and sent Wednesday by ExxonMobil to AFP, these emails, sent under the name Wayne Tracker, cannot be recovered for the period from September 5, 2014 to November 28, 2014. The letter is addressed to the Supreme Court of the State of New York as part of an investigation opened in November 2015 by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.



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$100 Million in Artifacts Shipped from Egypt & Turkey to US in 2016

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:54:00 -0400

(image) About $50 million worth of artifacts and antiques were shipped from both Egypt and Turkey to the United States in 2016 — the highest annual value from each of those countries in at least 20 years, according to U.S. Census Bureau documents. Most of the artifacts were shipped to New York City, where numerous antiquities dealers, auction houses and art galleries are based. It can be difficult to determine whether a shipment of artifacts was recently looted, law-enforcement officials told Live Science.



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Photos of the day - March 22, 2017

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:03:29 -0400

(image) A peek at Boris in Washington; members of a Chinese honor guard salute caskets of Korean War dead; heavy snowfall in Northumberland, England; and people embrace during anniversary service for Brussels suicide attacks victims.





Mattis says he welcomes approval from Congress for IS fight

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:51:06 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told lawmakers Wednesday that Congress should approve a formal authorization for U.S. military forces to fight the Islamic State militants in Syria, but he wouldn't say whether and when more American troops may be sent to the war-torn nation.



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Ex-head of Colorado Republicans charged with voter fraud

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:46:43 -0400

(image) By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado talk radio host who once chaired the state Republican Party and has accused Democrats of widespread voter fraud has been charged with forging his ex-wife’s signature on a mail-in ballot in the 2016 election, court records showed on Wednesday. Steven Curtis, 57, who served as state GOP boss from 1997 until 1999, is charged with one felony count of forgery and one misdemeanor count of tampering with a mail-in ballot, according to a criminal complaint filed in Weld County District Court. The case stems from an inquiry lodged with the Weld County Clerk and Recorder's Office by Curtis's former spouse, Kelly Ireland, who contacted the agency in October to check on the status of her voter registration after the couple split.





Two years on, Yemen stuck in 'quagmire'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:58:29 -0400

(image) Deadly fighting, a rise in jihadism, the threat of famine -- two years after Saudi Arabia intervened against Iran-backed rebels, Yemen is more unstable than ever. The chaos has also seen fighting erupt in vital Red Sea shipping lanes, and Riyadh's ally the United States stepping up its involvement. The war has become "a quagmire", Peter Salisbury, a research fellow at London's Chatham House, said ahead of the March 26 anniversary of the intervention of the Saudi-led coalition.



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Police: White sword killer went to NY to attack black people

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:53:36 -0400

(image) NEW YORK (AP) — A white U.S. Army veteran from Baltimore bent on making a racist attack took a bus to New York, the "media capital of the world," randomly picked out a black man who was collecting bottles on the street and killed him with a sword, police said Wednesday.



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Joe Biden met a puppy named Biden and for a moment, the entire world stopped

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:42:54 -0400

(image) Hello, and welcome to your Wednesday afternoon moment of zen. Former vice president and presidential-level heartthrob Joe Biden (don't @ us) met a 4-month-old Golden Retriever named Biden and for a moment, the entire world stopped spinning, and everything was right again. SEE ALSO: There are many great Obama-Biden bromance memes, but only one made the VP laugh for an hour Biden, the world's most adorable dog™️️, made an early trip to the Capitol on Wednesday in hopes of catching a glimpse of the former VP - there to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. A post shared by Lissandra Villa (@lissandravilla) on Mar 22, 2017 at 9:07am PDT As you can imagine based on this face, human Biden noticed the puppy right away. “As soon as he saw the dog during the actual speech, he pointed at the dog, tapped his friend and then started like cracking up," Sydney, Biden’s owner, told BuzzFeed News. "Right towards the end, I, like, kind of signaled him, and he... gave me a wink to come over.”  Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock  “As soon as I told him his name was Biden, he started kissing the dog, which is like exactly what I expected Biden would do,” Sydney said, noting that "As soon as I told him, his face lit up.”  Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock “I named the dog Biden just because he is probably my favorite politician and favorite elected official,” Sydney revealed.  “I really respect Joe Biden even though I don’t necessarily align with him politically.” A post shared by biden (@bidenthegolden) on Mar 22, 2017 at 7:41am PDT A blissful moment for us all. (H/T Buzzfeed News ) WATCH: Trump never has to buy sunglasses again because Obama's photographer will shade him forever



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Huawei's Exclusive Alexa App Can Replace an Echo

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:02:02 -0400

(image) Earlier this week, Amazon enabled Alexa integration on the iPhone by building voice recognition straight into the standard Amazon App. This development is a result of a promise Huawei made back at CES 2017 to bring Alexa integration to its flagship phablet, the Huawei Mate 9. The Mate 9 Alexa essentially adds another device that can listen and respond to voice commands just like an Amazon Echo would.



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Turkey summons Russian envoy after soldier shot from Kurdish-held Syria

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:26:31 -0400

(image) Turkey summoned the Russian charge d'affaires to convey its unease after a Turkish soldier was killed by sniper fire from a part of Kurdish-held Syria where Russian forces are active, Turkey's foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday. The Turkish military fired into the northwestern Syrian border region of Afrin on Wednesday, an area controlled by the Kurdish YPG militia, after the soldier was killed by cross-border fire. The YPG said Russian forces headed to the area.





Want to Buy a Home? Consider These 3 Little-Known Mortgage Sources

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:29:52 -0400

(image) About 90 percent of mortgage loans are made by banks or large online lenders that most people know, but the remaining mortgage providers can be a better fit, depending on the borrower's circumstances.





7 Richard Simmons Quotes We Love

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:41:17 -0400

(image) Richards Simmons took the fitness world by storm over three decades ago, with his inspiring story of weight loss and believing in himself. Watch the video to revisit all the times he reminded us to love yourself.



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10 Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai roadside bombings

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:50:03 -0400

(image) Ten Egyptian soldiers were killed in two roadside bombings as they clashed with Islamic State group jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula, the military said on Thursday. Fifteen jihadists were also killed in the fighting, the military said in a statement, without saying when the incidents took place. The military said the clashes broke out when soldiers raided "an extremely dangerous" jihadist hideout.



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Police: Parents delay help for wounded boy to scrub evidence

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:07:47 -0400

(image) PHOENIX (AP) — The parents of a 9-year-old boy who was shot in the head in their Phoenix home put off calling 911 as they cleaned up evidence in multiple rooms of the house, police said Wednesday, calling it a case that "shocks your conscience."



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Texas A&M, Rick Perry clash on election of gay student body president

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:05:19 -0400

(image) Texas A&M University said on Thursday it respectfully disagreed with comments U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry made a day earlier when he criticized an election at his alma matter that led to the school's first openly gay student body president. In an opinion article submitted to the Houston Chronicle's editorial board published on Wednesday, Perry, a former governor of Texas, said the Texas A&M student election may have been rigged to secure a result that projected diversity at a campus known for being conservative. The comments set off a social media debate in Texas where some questioned why a member of the president's cabinet keeping an eye on the U.S. nuclear arsenal needed to weigh in on a student election.