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Published: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:03:32 -0500

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Travel troubles: snow cancels flights along the East Coast

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:01:34 -0500

(image) Atlanta’s airport -- the nation’s busiest -- experienced the bulk of today’s travel troubles after an unexpected blast of winter weather headed southeast.

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Warns That Nuclear War Is One 'Tantrum Away'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:01:38 -0500

(image) Total nuclear destruction is “only one impulsive tantrum away,” this year’s Noble Peace Prize winner warned while accepting the award for an international anti-nuclear weapons campaign.

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Swedish PM condemns attempted arson attack at synagogue as three arrested

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:34:39 -0500

(image) Three people were arrested early on Sunday after an attempted arson attack at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, prosecutors said. There were no reports of injuries and the fire did not reach the synagogue or an adjacent meeting house where Jewish youths had gathered when the attack took place late on Saturday, Swedish media reported. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a statement he was outraged by the attack.

Full Sanders: Republican Tax Plan 'Is Not Designed to Help The American People'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:25:45 -0500

(image) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joins Meet the Press for an exclusive interview to talk about how Congress is handling misconduct allegations, and whether the president should be impeached.

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California fires: Year around blazes set to become 'the new normal' as Governor blames climate change

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 16:02:00 -0500

(image) California Governor Jerry Brown has told the state’s residents to get used to destructive wildfires in winter, declaring them “the new normal”. As six major fires ravage southern California, having led to the death of one person and the destruction of hundreds of homes and other buildings, Mr Brown said the state needed to face up to a new challenge. Visiting Ventura County, where the largest of the blazes – the Thomas Fire – is still growing, Mr Brown said drought and climate change mean California faces a “new reality” where lives and property are continually threatened by fire, at a cost of billions of dollars.

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Venezuela's Maduro Has Disqualified His Opposition From the Next Presidential Election

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:44:57 -0500

(image) As the President of Venezuela consolidated his party’s hold on power this weekend, he dealt another blow to the country’s main opposition groups by disqualifying them from next year’s bid for the presidency.

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Egypt reveals artefacts, mummy from tombs in ancient city of Luxor

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:02:25 -0500

(image) Egypt's authorities on Saturday revealed artefacts and a linen-wrapped mummified body, possibly that of a top official, from two tombs that were discovered two decades ago in the Nile city of Luxor but had not been fully unexplored. The Ministry of Antiquities said the tombs, located in the Draa Abul Naga necropolis on Luxor's west bank, had been noted by German archaeologist Frederica Kampp in 1990s and were either unexcavated or had never been entered. Along with the mummy, archaeologists found painted wooden funeral masks and several hundred carved statues, likely dating around the end of Egypt's 17th Dynasty or the start of the 18th Dynasty, the ministry said.

Here's How Many Billions America's Richest Would Save On Estate Tax Repeal

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:38:23 -0500

(image) Mother Jones magazine and the progressive organization Americans for Tax Fairness have taken a look at the more lavish of the House and Senate measures to cut taxes for the richest people in America ― a mammoth break on estate taxes.

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Trump’s visit to Mississippi Civil Rights Museum underscores national tension

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:03:41 -0500

(image) President Trump delivered remarks at the opening event for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—while Congressman John Lewis—a civil rights icon -- boycotted the President’s visit as an “insult” to the people commemorated there.

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Fox News Corrects Story Claiming Roy Moore Accuser ‘Forged’ Candidate’s Signature

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:49:46 -0500

(image) Fox News updated a story that erroneously claimed one of Roy Moore’s accusers had “forged” evidence she’d presented to bolster her claim against him.

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Opera student raises $40,000 in performance for college tuition

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:09:37 -0500

(image) Drew Anthony raised enough money in a single opera performance to pay for a year of college tuition. After hearing his story, several prestigious universities have tapped him for spots at their school.

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Officials: Whales, after deadly year, could become extinct

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:00:41 -0500

(image) PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials with the federal government say it's time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new steps are taken to protect them.

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46 Racehorses Killed In Southern California Wildfire Tragedy

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:08:27 -0500

(image) At least 46 racehorses at a training center in San Diego County were killed by flames or smoke inhalation in a particularly heartbreaking result of the fires raging through southern California.

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Lebanon's Hariri denounces Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitary's visit to border

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:42:12 -0500

(image) The head of an Iran-backed Iraqi Shi'ite militia has visited Lebanon's border with Israel accompanied by Hezbollah fighters, a video released on Saturday showed, in a show of Iranian influence that Lebanon's prime minister called illegal. Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Iraqi paramilitary group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, declared his readiness "to stand together with the Lebanese people and the Palestinian cause", in the video footage widely circulating on social media.

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As Putin Announces 2018 Presidential Bid, ‘SUPERPUTIN’ Exhibition Opens In Moscow

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:02:00 -0500

(image) Vladimir Putin cuddles puppies, jaguars and babushkas, rides bears while dressed in armor and vanquishes evil as a beefy superhero, among other exemplary talents.

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Trump has no authority “to give away Jerusalem to an occupying power,” Palestinian official says

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:04:47 -0500

(image) Palestinian leaders are vowing to snub the White House following President Trump’s decision Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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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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Tim Scott: Republicans Exploring How to Handle 'High-Tax States'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 02:05:24 -0500

(image) In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) tells Chuck Todd that Republicans are trying to "sweeten the SALT" changes in the tax bill.

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China Is Now Making Some of the Most Powerful Guns on the Planet

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:56:00 -0500

(image) Like the rest of China’s military revolution over the past quarter century, its small-arms revolution is a remarkable achievement. China’s People’s Liberation Army has traditionally relied on foreign and Communist bloc weapons manufactured in China under license—or not. Now, however, as the PLA undergoes an unprecedented modernization, a new generation of locally designed and manufactured light weaponry is arming China’s armed forces, from handguns to light machine guns.

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First Fatality In Southern California Wildfires Confirmed

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:12:10 -0500

(image) Medical officials confirmed the first fire-related fatality in Southern California’s most recent spate of wildfires to HuffPost on Saturday.

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Priest who used to be KKK member apologizes 40 years later

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:11:24 -0500

(image) ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A former Ku Klux Klan member who burned a cross on a black couple's lawn 40 years ago, before becoming a Roman Catholic priest, has finally written his victims an apology.

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President Trump's Jerusalem Decision Sparks Attacks, Protests and Fresh Diplomatic Rifts

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:23:39 -0500

(image) The French and Israeli leaders sparred verbally Sunday over the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, while new violence rippled across the region following the move by U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Ukrainian author of Manafort op-ed says sought input to avoid errors

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 16:50:02 -0500

(image) By Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - The author of an article that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller believes Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort ghost-wrote in violation of a gag order said on Saturday he had sought input on the op-ed before publishing to avoid errors. On Friday, Mueller unveiled evidence against Manafort to convince a judge that he wrote the article to improve his public image. Manafort is facing charges as part of an investigation into accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

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Ryan Zinke Dismisses Reports On His Use Of Helicopters As ‘Fabricated’

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:00:03 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Saturday swung back at recent media reports about his costly use of government helicopters, calling them “total fabrications and a wild departure from reality.”

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Cory Booker Calls On Donald Trump To Resign Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:50:55 -0500

(image) Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is calling on President Donald Trump to resign over the more than a dozen sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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The unusual suspects: Rise of the mafia godmothers

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:21:12 -0500

They say it's a family business, but traditionally women in the Italian mafia were prison messengers or bargaining chips in dynasty marriages to create alliances between clans. Now as male mob bosses languish in jail, mafiosas are increasingly stepping up to head crime families - and getting caught in the process.    After seven years behind bars, one such godmother - Maria Angela Di Trapani - was freed from prison in 2015 and for the last two years has allegedly been quietly moving up through the secretive, male-dominated ranks of Sicily's Cosa Nostra. On Tuesday, the 49-year-old wife of notorious boss Salvino Madonia was among 25 people arrested in a sweeping Palermo raid, accused once again of mafia crimes, including orchestrating bold intimidation tactics to scare business owners into paying a feared mafia tax known as the pizzo.  “She operates like a man,” various mob bosses were recorded saying in prison about Di Trapani - the ultimate compliment in the man-of-honour hyper macho world of Cosa Nostra, which always gave an important role to women behind the scenes, but rarely officially. Investigators say one popular cake shop in Palermo paid €5000 in extortion money. Another bar in a well-known central square named after Pope John Paul II paid €750 at Easter, and again at Christmas. A bustling pizzeria shelled out €3000. Italian anti-Mafia and counterterrorism prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho delivers his speech during a meeting in Milan, Italy Credit: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni “I'll never forget the look she gave me from her balcony when she called out to me, warning me to be careful what I said,” said one businesswoman in Di Trapani’s neighbourhood. “Her eyes were like ice.” The Resuttana clan paid visits to tyre shops, local gyms, and some shopkeepers who didn’t pay went to work the next morning to find their rolldown storefront gates superglued shut or set alight.  This apparent increase in equal opportunities is a sign the mob is weakening, says John Dickie, professor of Italian Studies at University College London and author of several bestselling books about organised crime. About Italian Mafias “It is actually a symptom of crisis that we are seeing more women in Cosa Nostra,” he says. “It is an attempt to shore up the organisation in trouble, they are the avatars of the men – the wives and sisters of particularly fearsome or prestigious bosses, but they wouldn’t be doing it if loads of men weren’t in jail.” A crackdown on organised crime over the last three decades has failed to take down the mafia, but has effectively put a generation of bosses behind bars. Some of them are dying there, including two of the top Godfathers from the Corleone faction, Bernardo Provenzano, who died of cancer in 2016 while serving time in a Milan prison, and Salvatore “Toto’ Riina” who died of cancer last month while imprisoned in Parma.  The day after he died, Riina’s daughter changed her Facebook profile picture to a woman with her finger to her lips and the message “shhh.” Investigators said this week that Di Trapani was involved in the reshuffling going on between clans loyal to the Corleonesi in the wake of Riina’s death. “Since many of th[...]

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Starbucks Christmas Tree Frappuccino tastes like sugar and regret (but I took many photos)

(image) Nothing says Christmas like a cold cup of sugar.  At least that's what I kept telling myself as I took a sip, and another one of the Christmas Tree Frappuccino. It's Starbucks' latest concoction that has people running out to corporate coffee shops, where they spend $5 and most likely take a bunch of smartphone photos to later post on social media.