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Published: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:57:22 -0500

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Former press secretary shares heartbreaking memory of how Obama broke down over Sandy Hook shooting

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:16:01 -0500

(image) On the fifth anniversary of the deadly massacre that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, former President Barack Obama's press secretary took to social media to remember the aftermath of the attack.



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Trump Speaks At FBI Graduation After Trashing Bureau's 'Worst In History' Reputation

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:20:58 -0500

(image) President Donald Trump on Friday told graduates of an FBI training program in Quantico, Virginia, he’s a “loyal champion” of police, days after he attacked the bureau and claimed its “reputation is in tatters.”



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Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory About Alabama Election Gets A Brutal Reality Check

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:30:39 -0500

(image) Hours after Doug Jones upset Roy Moore in Alabama’s special election, the far right began cooking up conspiracy theories about busloads of voters being brought in from out-of-state:   I am hearing rumors that black voters from MS were encouraged to cross over into AL and vote.



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Scientists to investigate if cigar-shaped asteroid could be an alien spacecraft

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:32:17 -0500

(image) A team of researchers, including Stephen Hawking, is investigating whether the first known object from outside the solar system contains the first sign of life beyond our planet.



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Suspect in Virginia car attack faces upgraded charge

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:21:22 -0500

(image) CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him.



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Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages on

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:27:54 -0500

(image) Firefighters grappling with a wildfire that has burned out of control for 10 days on California's scenic coastline, destroying more than 700 homes, sought on Wednesday to defend homes from flames whipped by resurgent Santa Ana winds. The so-called Thomas Fire, already the state's fifth-largest wildland blaze on record, remained a threat to the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito despite gains made by crews during a lull in the winds a day earlier. "Very high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures, above average temperatures and single-digit relative humidities will continue to support fire growth on the west, east and north sides of the Thomas Incident," the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement.





China sidesteps blame over S. Korean journalist's beating

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:04:27 -0500

(image) China sidestepped blame Friday for the beating of a South Korean photojournalist by Chinese security, an incident that has marred a visit by the South Korean president to mend frayed ties with Beijing. The incident has sparked outrage in South Korea, with the opposition calling on Moon to cancel the rest of his four-day state visit, his first in China since taking office in May. A photographer was thrown to the floor and kicked, reportedly suffering fractured facial bones and ruptured vessels in an eye, as Chinese security personnel stopped South Korean photographers following Moon's delegation at a trade show on Thursday.



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A Kentucky Lawmaker Who Was Facing Sexual Assault Allegations Kills Himself

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:35:36 -0500

(image) The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an account from a woman saying Johnson sexually assaulted her in the basement of his home in 2013



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Republicans Near Deal On Tax Cut Bill

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:08:52 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON ― Even before House and Senate lawmakers held their first official meeting on Wednesday to work out differences between their tax bills, Republican tax writers were touting a tentative deal Wednesday that would likely set up final congressional passage of a compromise GOP proposal next week.



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93-year-old woman handcuffed and jailed after refusing to leave her care home

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:21:00 -0500

(image) Juanita Fitzgerald, from Lake County, Florida, was arrested on Tuesday after she said the National Church Residences’ Franklin House housing community had decided to “put her out” after blaming her for mould in her apartment. Police said she was given notice of her eviction on Monday, but refused to leave the building the next day, reports Florida TV station WKMG. A Lake County sheriff’s spokesperson said a deputy tried to connect Ms Fitzgerald with members of her family and other housing facilities, but she refused.



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Trump's Statement On Redundancy Is Hilariously Redundant

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:05:47 -0500

(image) President Donald Trump’s statement on deregulation on Thursday is getting plenty of attention, but not just for his claim of killing off 22 regulations for every new one implemented.



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Senator: Comey's remarks on Clinton probe heavily edited

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:59:12 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft statement former FBI Director James Comey prepared in anticipation of concluding the Hillary Clinton email case without criminal charges was heavily edited to change the "tone and substance" of the remarks, a Republican senator said Thursday.



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China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:29:11 -0500

(image) By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - The crisis over North Korea's weapons programs must be resolved through talks, not war, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict. Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tillerson's offer of direct contacts with North Korea was "a very good signal" while warning that any U.S. strike on the country would have catastrophic consequences.











Nikki Haley Slams Iran’s Role In Yemen War, Neglects To Mention U.S. Part In Humanitarian Crisis

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:55:54 -0500

(image) The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, stood before missile remnants that she claimed were covered in Iranian “fingerprints” on Thursday while laying out what she called “irrefutable evidence” that Tehran has violated its international obligations by militarily supporting rebels in Yemen.



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Marijuana compound is harmless and should be available, WHO says

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:49:00 -0500

(image) A compound derived from marijuana has health benefits and should not be subject to government restrictions, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. “Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions and that it “is not likely to be abused or create dependence as for other cannabinoids,” it added. The decision was not an endorsement of medical marijuana.



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Epic Gingerbread House Fails Are Your New Favorite Holiday Tradition

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:17:11 -0500

(image) People around the world are getting into the festive spirit by attempting to create their own gingerbread houses.





Venezuelan 1st lady's 2 nephews get 18 years in prison

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:39:10 -0500

(image) NEW YORK (AP) — Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady were sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison for drug conspiracy convictions by a judge who said their ineptness at their criminal craft and otherwise crimeless background earned them leniency.



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'I have seen things': Senior aide to Donald Trump goes public with criticism after resignation

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:14:52 -0500

One of Donald Trump’s most senior African American aides has gone public with criticism of the White House after resigning amid reports of a blazing row at a Christmas party.  Omarosa Manigault, who appeared on The Apprentice, said she saw things while working for the president that made her “very uncomfortable” and “unhappy”.  She did not deny claims she was concerned by Mr Trump’s stance on Charlottesville, where a woman died in clashes with white supremacists, and Roy Moore, the controversial Alabama senate candidate.  Ms Manigault even hinted at producing a tell-all account of her time in the White House, declaring she had “a profound story that I know the world will want to hear”.  African-American voters were credited with the Republicans' shock Alabama election defeat this week, in which Doug Jones, a lawyer who once prosecuted three high profile Ku Klux Klan members, became the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in the state in a generation.  Omarosa Manigault, the White House aide and former Apprentice star  Credit: GMA/abc News He beat Mr Moore, a Republican who was accused of making remarks condoning slavery in the final days of the campaign and who had been accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls. Ms Manigault’s comments came after reports she was pushed out of the White House following a heated row with John Kelly, Mr Trump’s chief of staff, at a Christmas party on Tuesday.  One prominent US reporter said Ms Manigault demanded her “full access” to Mr Trump be reestablished and even “cursed” at Mr Kelly in front of other guests.  Ms Manigault admitted having a “frank” conversation with Mr Kelly but denied rowing in front of others, asking: “Where are the pictures and videos?” Omarosa Manigault and other Women for Trump members endorse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign rally at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. Credit: David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images Her departure brings to an end the tenure of one of Mr Trump’s most well-known advisers who boasted a 14-year friendship with the president and fans across America.  Ms Manigault has been described as “the reality TV star everyone loved to hate” for her back-stabbing appearances on Mr Trump’s TV show The Apprentice.  She was appointed director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison after the election and appeared to have the president’s ear before a restructure limited her access.  But her behaviour irked some colleagues. On her wedding day, Ms Manigault reportedly arrived at the White House in her dress with guests in tow for an unannounced photo shoot. There were also claims of feuding with other aides.  Omarosa Manigault speaks during a panel discussion at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. August 11, 2017 Credit: REUTERS/Omar Negrin/File Photo Some have greeted Ms Manigault's departure, which comes into effect on January 20, with an eye-roll given her celebrity and the ill-defined role she had in the White House.  However the veiled criticism she gave during an interview on ABC News risks damaging Mr Trump politically given questions about his support among the African-American community.  Ms Manigault said that “as the only African-Americ[...]


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North Korea's envoy, Tillerson to attend UN meeting

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:45:17 -0500

(image) North Korea's UN ambassador will attend a Security Council meeting on Friday where US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will address how to confront the North Korea crisis, diplomats said. The White House and State Department however stressed that the US stance had not changed and insisted North Korea must first show a willingness to halt its nuclear and missile tests.



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Three-man crew returns from space station: NASA TV

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:18:40 -0500

(image) (Reuters) - A capsule carrying U.S., Russian and Italian astronauts from the International Space Station landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday after a five-month mission, a NASA TV live broadcast showed. The spacecraft brought back Randy Bresnik from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Sergey Ryazanskiy from Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Italy's Paolo Nespoli with the European Space Agency. The capsule landed in the windswept and snow-covered steppe in Kazakhstan's central Karaganda region at 2.37 p.m. (0837 GMT). ...





Forget Stealth Fighters: This Is the Plane China Needs to Take on America

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:35:00 -0500

(image) China is looking to increase its air tanker fleet after its fighter jets, bombers and surveillance aircraft conducted an “island encirclement patrol” of Taiwan earlier this week. As the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) extends exercises in the Western Pacific, refueling will become a problem for its strike aircraft.



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Chef Mario Batali Fired From ABC's 'The Chew'

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:54:35 -0500

(image) It’s not looking good for celebrity chef Mario Batali, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by eight women.



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Legionnaires' Disease Is Rising At An Alarming Rate In The U.S.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:45:56 -0500

(image) Health officials are increasingly concerned about the continuous uptick of Legionnaires’ disease cases, which have risen steadily since 2000.



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Texas Mom Allegedly Subjected Her Healthy Son, 8, to 323 Doctor Visits and 13 Surgeries

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:20:42 -0500

(image) Investigators in Texas suspect a Dallas-area mom has Munchausen by proxy and they have charged her with allegedly seeking unnecessary medical care for her 8-year-old son



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The Best Cars For 2018

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:27:04 -0500

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Man dies after attacking Israeli troops with a knife in deadly clashes over Trump's Jerusalem decision

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:21:31 -0500

Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week. Most of the casualties were on the Gaza Strip border, where thousands of Palestinians gathered to hurl rocks at Israeli soldiers beyond the fortified fence. Medics said two protesters, one of them wheelchair-bound, were killed and 150 wounded. In the occupied West Bank, another area where Palestinians are seeking statehood along with adjacent East Jerusalem, medics said two protesters were killed and 10 wounded by Israeli gunfire. One of the dead was a man who Israeli police troopers said was shot after he stabbed a member of their unit. Reuters witnesses said the Palestinian held a knife and wore what looked like a bomb belt. A Palestinian medic who helped evacuate the man for treatment said the belt was fake. Palestinians -- and the wider Arab and Muslim world -- were incensed at Trump's December 6 announcement, which reversed decades of U.S. policy reticence on Jerusalem, a city where both Israel and the Palestinians want sovereignty. Mohammed Aqal, 29, stabbed a border police officer at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank while wearing what appeared to be a suicide vest, before being shot three times by police Credit:  GORAN TOMASEVIC/ REUTERS Israeli border policemen stand away after shooting Aqal Credit:  GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS Aqal later died, according to health authorities Credit:  GORAN TOMASEVIC/ REUTERS Washington's European allies and Russia have also voiced worries about Trump's decision. Gaza's dominant Hamas Islamists, which reject coexistence with Israel, called last week for a new Palestinian uprising, but any such mass-mobilisation has yet to be seen in the West Bank or East Jerusalem. There have been almost nightly Gazan rocket launches into Israel, so far without casualties. Israel has responded with air strikes on Hamas facilities, one of which killed two gunmen. The Israeli military said that, on Friday, about 3,500 Palestinians demonstrated near the Gaza border fence. "During the violent riots IDF (Israel Defence Force) soldiers fired selectively towards main instigators," the military said in a statement. Pictures from the scene show Aqal with a knife and what appears to be a suicide belt A military spokeswoman had no immediate comment on the wheelchair-bound protestor, Ibrahim Abu Thuraya. Abu Thuraya, 29, was a regular at such demonstrations. In media interviews, he said he had lost both his legs in a 2008 Israeli missile strike in Gaza. In the West Bank, the Israeli military said that about 2,500 Palestinians took part in riots, rolling flaming tyres and throwing fire bombs and rocks at soldiers and border police. Israel captured East Jerusalem, an area laden with Jewish, Muslim and Christian shrines, from Jordan in the 1967 war and later annexed it in a move not recognised internationally. Palestinians hope that part of the city will be the capital of a future independent state an[...]


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Return of 2 ill GOP senators crucial next week for tax bill

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:55:27 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — Ailing Republican senators John McCain and Thad Cochran missed votes this week, but their presence will be crucial early next week as the GOP tries to pass a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax package in the Senate with a razor-thin majority and all Democrats opposed to the legislation.



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Native American Activists Create Spoof Website To Call For Redskins Name Change

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:23:28 -0500

(image) For a few hours on Wednesday morning, a small group of Native American activists convinced the internet that Washington’s professional football franchise had finally decided to change its racist “Redskins” team name.



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How To Know When Your Relationship Is Over

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:09:53 -0500

(image) Who you choose to spend your life with is an incredibly important decision ― and sometimes, you realize the person you thought was “the one” isn’t the right choice anymore.



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Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa calls for end to Western sanctions

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:07:15 -0500

(image) Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday called for the removal of Western sanctions on his government during a speech to ruling party officials and said elections due in 2018 were nearer than "you expect". Mnangagwa, 75, became leader of the southern African nation last month after the military and ruling ZANU-PF turned against Robert Mugabe who had ruled the country for 37 years and was seen grooming his wife Grace to succeed him. While the European Union removed sanctions on ZANU-PF officials, members of the military and some government-owned firms in 2014, the United States has kept a travel and economic embargo on several ruling party elites.





Americans Don't Really Understand Gun Violence

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0500

(image) The massacre in Las Vegas this October earned a macabre superlative: the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, with 58 innocents killed and more than 500 injured. The outpouring of attention and support was swift and far-reaching. CNN published portraits of all 58 victims. A man from Chicago made 58 crosses to honor the fallen. Zappos offered to help pay for the 58 funerals. An anonymous man even paid for 58 strangers’ dinners in memory of those who died.



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More than 20 IS killed in southern Syria: coalition

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:29:57 -0500

(image) Syrian opposition forces backed by a US-led coalition killed more than 20 Islamic State fighters and took several others prisoner, military officials said Thursday. According to the coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq, a vetted Syrian opposition group known as the Maghawir al-Thawra detected the fighters early Wednesday in an area controlled by pro-Syrian regime forces in southern Syria, in the Al-Tanf border region. Supported by coalition forces, the Maghawir al-Thawra "quickly and professionally conducted an operation," the coalition said in a statement.



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NATO concerned Russian missile system breaks Cold War pact

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:58:04 -0500

(image) BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO said Friday that it is concerned about a Russian missile system that could carry nuclear warheads, and which it says could violate a landmark Cold War arms treaty.



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German teenager says she was 'idiot' for joining Isil, in first interview since capture

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:10:24 -0500

A German teenage girl has said she was an “idiot” for joining Islamic State and the decision has wrecked her future, in her first interview since her arrest by Iraqi forces in Mosul.   Linda Wenzel, 17, claimed her escape was a “stupid idea” but showed little remorse in the first meeting with her family since she left her hometown of Pulsnitz in Saxony for Syria in July last year.  Linda was briefly reunited with her mother Katharina and sister Miriam, who were allowed to visit her at the Palace of Justice in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.  A video of the meeting shows Linda, who is currently being held in prison while she awaits trial, wearing a flowery headscarf sporting round cheeks. She appears hesitant at first and pauses for a few seconds before finally embracing her mother, who hands her a stuffed toy.  Linda embraces her mother in Baghdad Credit: Weltspeigel Extra She told her mother: “I do not know, how I came up with the stupid idea to go to the Islamic State. I have ruined my life.” Speaking about why she left home, she said there were problems with her family at that time. After deciding to convert to Islam she felt rejected by her parents and friends at school.  “You could have talked about it,” her mother told her daughter in the meeting. “I couldn’t talk to you,” Linda replied. “You said you didn’t accept that I had joined Islam." Linda's mother hands the teenager a stuffed toy Credit: Weltspiegel Extra  Linda said she then fell in love with a Chechen man online and he convinced her to travel to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s so-called caliphate in Syria.  She said she watched Isil videos, “which were so rosy – where men and their wives and children wandered together through parks … they baked bread together. It was like being in another world.” She travelled on her mother’s documents to Turkey. From there she says she was married to the man, whose full name she does not know. She called him Mohammed, but said: “I don’t know (his surname), something Chechen.” Linda Wenzel on the day she was capture in Mosul by Iraqi forces Credit: Social media The marriage was conducted in Turkey before Linda had even met her fiance. He was on the phone from Syria with a witness. She described the wedding as underwhelming: “There was so ceremony, no party,” she said.  She said she mostly cooked and cleaned the apartment for her new husband. “We didn’t talk much, he came home, then...yes, I cooked, always cooked, and cleaned the apartment,” she recalled.  She said spent most of the time with other women and helped look after their children, moving between the cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.  “Personally, I would not have been able to handle children,” she[...]


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Wil Wheaton Wears 'Star Trek' Uniform To 'Star Wars' FOR REAL

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:15:57 -0500

(image) Life gloriously imitated art Thursday when actor Wil Wheaton wore a “Star Trek” costume to a screening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”



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