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Published: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:38:32 -0500

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Trump Lawyers Want A Second Special Counsel

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:04:02 -0500

(image) President Donald Trump’s legal team says it’s fed up with the Justice Department and the FBI “witch hunt” into whether his campaign colluded with the Russian government.



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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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Daredevil 'Rooftopper' Plunges 62 Stories To His Death

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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New York Bomber Sought An ISIS-Inspired Attack With Failed Device, Investigators Say

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:48:34 -0500

(image) New York City police said they were investigating a possible explosion in New York City’s transit system near Eight Avenue and 42nd Street in the Times Square area of Manhattan on Monday.



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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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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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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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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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Quality of fake 'supernotes' found in Seoul fan suspicions that North Korea is forging $100 bills

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:10:39 -0500

(image) 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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The Second Coming, brought to you by — who else? Donald Trump

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:18:59 -0500

(image) In recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Donald Trump excited evangelical Christians and many orthodox Jews, who see it as laying the groundwork to rebuild the Holy Temple and a precursor to the Second Coming of Christ.



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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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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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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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Hezbollah Vows U.S. Decision on Jerusalem Will Mark the 'Beginning of the End' for Israel

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:07:02 -0500

(image) Tens of thousands of Lebanese and Palestinians attended a Hezbollah rally in Beirut on Monday, where the militant group's leader vowed to return its focus to Israel after years of fighting in Syria's civil war.



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Predicting the unpredictable in Alabama Senate race

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:26:17 -0500

(image) Tuesday’s special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions is as difficult a race to predict as you will ever see. In the deep red state that hasn’t had a competitive statewide contest in years, the polling apparatus are rusty.



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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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Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Is Destined to Fail

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:29:00 -0500

(image) All of the reasons the Su-57 is going nowhere fast. Westerns analysts have concluded that Russia’s fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter is unlikely to enter operational service before 2027. The Su-57 program was never really viable.



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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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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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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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Two killed as plane crashes into house in San Diego

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:15:09 -0500

(image) Local media report the plane crashed into the home in the Clairemont neighbourhood at around 4.40pm local time on Saturday. The single-engine, six-seat Beech BE36 Bonanza had taken off from Montgomery Field airport around half a mile from the crash site. The pilot and a passenger were taken to hospital with burns and two passengers died at the scene, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.



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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.





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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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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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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Thousands rally demanding Saakashvili's release in Ukraine

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:41:13 -0500

(image) Thousands of people rallied Sunday in central Kiev to demand the release of detained former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili and the impeachment of his rival, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Saakashvili, 49, who entered Ukrainian politics after serving as president of Georgia, was arrested last week in Kiev, accused of trying to stage a coup sponsored by Russia. You don't put opponents in prison," said Saakashvili's wife, Sandra Roelofs, as marchers brandished anti-government and anti-corruption slogans as well as banners depicting Poroshenko behind bars.



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'More to come' after bitcoin futures launch: Cboe CEO

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:30:52 -0500

(image) The generally smooth launch of bitcoin futures on Cboe Global Markets could pave the way for other cryptocurrency-related products like options and ETFs, the head of the exchange operator said in an interview on Monday. It may take U.S. regulators a bit longer to warm to the idea of a proliferation of products and securities related to digital currencies, but Cboe Chief Executive Ed Tilly said this weekend's debut should support progress toward that. Chicago-based Cboe operates markets in options, futures, equities and currencies.



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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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Russia and China Are Doing Joint Air Defense Drills to Prepare for a Surprise Attack

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:30:00 -0500

(image) Russia and China are kicking off a series of joint air defense exercises called Aerospace Security-2017, highlighting the growing strategic partnership between the two great powers. In recent years, Russia and China have more or less set aside their differences dating back to the Soviet-era to jointly push back against the American-led liberal institutional world order.



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Keaton Jones: GoFundMe account for bullied child who went viral frozen after mother accused of racism

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:45:00 -0500

(image) The fundraising page for the bullied child whose tearful video about being taunted by fellow pupils went viral has been frozen after his mother was accused of racism. Keaton Jones, from Knoxville, Tennessee, garnered widespread sympathy after his mother Kimberly filmed him tearfully asking why he is the target of school bullies.



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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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Woman charged in pregnant neighbor's death pleads guilty

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:46:53 -0500

(image) FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota woman pleaded guilty Monday in the killing of a pregnant neighbor so she and her boyfriend could keep the baby, though officials are still saying little about how the victim died.



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Christmas time means loads of sneaky cats getting stuck in trees

(image) 'Tis the season to be a total jerk if you're a cat. Oh wait, that's ALL YEAR ROUND. SEE ALSO: Upside down Christmas trees are trending, and the internet is outraged People on Twitter have been sharing images of their feline pals clambering into their Christmas trees. just caught my cat climbing up the Christmas tree hahahhaha pic.twitter.com/egcBS59jL1 — emma (@emseymourx) December 10, 2017 We told my cat we were decorating my Christmas tree, next thing you know, she is the decoration pic.twitter.com/n71lox074V — Leila (@leila_leducxx) December 9, 2017 Every time the cat gets stuck in the christmas tree, I'm gonna take a photo. This time he meowed to be taken out, so I turned on the lights and started snapping pics. #catshaming pic.twitter.com/6I81yw2oej — Punk&Spice Latte (@sch4) December 6, 2017 Inevitable cat in Christmas tree photo. pic.twitter.com/HfNGRhnvSf