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- White House says Trump's tweet to Gillibrand was not 'sexist at all' - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:40:37 -0500
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Trump's tweet saying Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would “do anything” for campaign donations.
- Charles Jenkins, American Held By North Korea For 40 Years After Defection, Dies At 77 - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:56:12 -0500
Charles Jenkins, a former American soldier who defected across the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea in 1965 and was held by the totalitarian regime for 40 years, died in Japan on Monday at the age of 77.
- How taxpayers can prepare for the new GOP tax plan - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:20:01 -0500
With the new tax year just a few weeks away, personal finance experts say the time to act is now, before the new rules take effect.
- Haunting PSA From Sandy Hook Families Predicts 'Tomorrow's School Shooting' - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:45:51 -0500
Families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre released a powerful video this week, urging parents and teachers to help prevent another school shooting by taking action now.
- 8-year-old Imani McCray may have hung herself after seeing report of another girl's suicide - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:47:42 -0500
An 8-year-old girl from New Jersey committed suicide over the weekend, and sources close to the investigation are reportedly saying she may have been inspired by a story she saw on social media.
- 'Dear Alabama' Goes Viral As Folks Make Heartfelt Pleas To Reject Roy Moore - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:20:38 -0500
People online are issuing heartfelt pleas for Alabamians to reject GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore in Tuesday’s special election. The “Dear Alabama” term began trending on Twitter late Monday as celebrities and activists joined thousands of others in making the case for why the President Donald Trump-endorsed former state judge, who faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, should not be elected to office. Instead, they urged voters to side with Democratic candidate Doug Jones.
- Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages on - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:07:01 -0500
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - 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 as darkness fell and winds picked up, fire officials said. "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.
- DNC chair Perez: 'I heard Charles Barkley loudly and clearly' - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:01:00 -0500
Tom Perez suggested he agreed with Barkley’s view that Democrats have taken low-income and African-American voters “for granted.”
- Schumer pursuing legal options over fake harassment document - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:47:49 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that he is "pursuing every legal path" against whoever circulated a forged document accusing him of sexual harassment.
- McMaster rips Russian 'campaigns of subversion' - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:28:43 -0500
President Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, accused Russia on Tuesday of waging “campaigns of subversion” against the United States and its allies.
- Mario Batali Advocated Doing 'The Right Thing' Weeks Before Being Accused Of Misconduct - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:29:24 -0500
Mario Batali, who stepped down from his restaurant group on Monday after four women accused him of sexual misconduct, spoke out in support of women’s equality at an event in October.
- Sirens, doves as China marks 80 years since Nanjing massacre - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:05:07 -0500
Sirens blared and thousands of doves were released as Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a sombre ceremony in Nanjing marking 80 years since the wartime massacre in the city by Japanese troops. "China and Japan are close neighbours, neighbours who can't move away," said Yu Zhengsheng, a former member of China's top Communist leadership who now chairs a parliamentary body. China and Japan should build on their "long, rich history" of links to deepen "friendship", Yu said, avoiding reference to bitter disputes over the massacre.
- 13 Great Gifts For The Ultimate Host Or Hostess - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:31:56 -0500
- Oreo Just Announced 3 New Fan-Created Flavors - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:53:00 -0500
Cherry Cola Oreos, Kettle Corn Oreos, and Piña Colada Oreo Thins head up the #MyOreoCreations contest submissions you can soon try for yourself.
- North Korean Prisons Are Worse Than Nazi Concentration Camps, Says Holocaust Survivor - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:52:30 -0500
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s mistreatment of political prisoners is at least as egregious as that carried out in World War II concentration camps, according to a former international judge who survived Auschwitz.
- Scientists to investigate if cigar-shaped asteroid could be an alien spacecraft - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:32:17 -0500
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.
- China warns against livestreaming after 'rooftopper' falls to death - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:49:50 -0500
A young Chinese climbing enthusiast's fatal fall from a skyscraper while making a selfie video on a $15,000 "rooftopping" dare has spurred warnings by state media against the perils of livestreaming. Wu Yongning plunged to his death from a 62-storey building in central China on Nov. 8, the day he stopped posting videos of his skyscraper exploits on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter.
- The Latest: Homeless camp fire sparked Los Angeles blaze - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:12:57 -0500
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):
- After NYC terror attempt, Trump says he will end chain migration - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:34:02 -0500
Pointing to the New York terror attempt, President Trump says that he will end visa lottery and chain migration.
- 26 Gifts For Teens Who Are A Struggle To Shop For - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:10:52 -0500
If you thought buying a gift for dad was hard enough, try finding the perfect present for a teen.
- Storm-hit Puerto Rico starving for tourists - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:06:36 -0500
Until Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Jose Figueroa did brisk business renting kayaks to tourists itching to see a lagoon that lights up by night thanks to millions of microorganisms. "We do not know if we will have any work tonight," Figueroa said.
- 39 Amazing Chicken Thigh Recipes - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:38:08 -0500
- No One Knows Who Will Win Alabama's Senate Election - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:22:03 -0500
Polls are all over the map
- It Turns Out Legal Weed In Colorado Hasn't Led To Kids Abusing The Drug - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:32:46 -0500
Opponents of marijuana policy reform have warned that legalizing cannabis could give way to an epidemic of young people abusing the plant.
- Why I Responded Live On The Air To A Viewer Who Called Me A Racial Slur - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:36:12 -0500
Editor’s note: This piece includes the uncensored use of racial slurs and graphic language that may be disturbing to readers.
- U.S. Congress to let Iran deadline pass, leave decision to Trump - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:14:34 -0500
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress will allow a deadline on reimposing sanctions on Iran to pass this week, congressional and White House aides said on Tuesday, leaving a pact between world powers and Tehran intact at least temporarily. In October, Trump declined to certify that Iran was complying with the nuclear agreement reached among Tehran, the United States and others in 2015. Congressional leaders have announced no plans to introduce a resolution to reimpose sanctions before Wednesday's deadline and aides say lawmakers will let the deadline pass without action.
- Authorities: 2 dead after school bus fire in western Iowa - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:43:16 -0500
OAKLAND, Iowa (AP) — A fire erupted on a school bus after it backed into a ditch in western Iowa early Tuesday, killing a student and the bus driver, investigators said.
- Video Shows Trump Supporters Saying 5-Year-Old Girl 'Looks Like' A Terrorist - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:32:48 -0500
In a video that went viral on Twitter, people wearing American flag-themed clothing, including one wearing a shirt supporting President Donald Trump, can be seen laughing at a Palestinian-American family who attended a pro-Palestine rally in Los Angeles on Sunday.
- GOP Tax Bill ‘Designed’ To Kneecap Renewable Energy In Favor Of Fossil Fuels, Democrats Say - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:30:38 -0500
The Republican tax bill aims to cripple the solar power, wind power and electric vehicle industries at the behest of GOP campaign donors from the fossil fuel sector, seven Democratic senators said Tuesday.
- US, EU and Japan up the pressure on China at WTO - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:07:40 -0500
The United States, European Union and Japan jointly rounded on China's "market-distorting subsidies" at the World Trade Organization conference in Argentina Tuesday. A joint statement from the three powers made no direct mention of China, but said "severe excess capacity in key sectors, exacerbated by government-financed and supported capacity expansion, unfair competitive conditions caused by large market-distorting subsidies and state-owned enterprises" were serious problems for international trade.
- MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:50:30 -0500
MSC Seaside was named best new ship of the year Tuesday in the annual awards handed out by Cruise Critic, the cruise website.
- Bethenny Frankel Is Suing Ex-Husband Jason Hoppy for Full Custody of Daughter Bryn - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:10:07 -0500
The fallout from Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy‘s divorce isn’t over yet.
- 'Trump you failed to protect your nation', New York bomb suspect wrote ahead of failed attack - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:44:05 -0500
The New York bomb suspect wrote "Trump you failed to protect your nation" on Facebook before heading to a busy transit hub to set off a pipe bomb, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Akayed Ullah, from Bangladesh, has been charged with providing material support to terrorists and using weapons of mass destruction, following the failed suicide bomb attack on Monday. The 27-year-old was arrested after setting off a pipe bomb strapped to his body at one of New York's busiest commuter hubs which left four other people injured. He later told police that he carried out the attack "for the Islamic State (Isil)," according to court papers filed by federal prosecutors. Ullah posted his message to Trump on his Facebook account on the morning of the attack. Ullah's passport was found at his home covered in handwritten notes, including one that read: "O America, die in your rage." pipe bomb suspect Akayed Ullah Credit: New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission Mr Trump has said he would end immigration provisions in response to the attack. Speaking at the White House on Tuesday the president highlighted that two recent attacks in New York involved foreign nationals living in the US on immigration programs. Ullah first arrived in the US in 2011 on a visa available to those with family connections in the country. Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant who killed eight people in an attack in November, was living in the US under a diversity lottery program which gives permanent resident visas to around 50,000 applicants a year. Five people were injured in the Isil-inspired attack Mr Trump said Congress "must get involved immediately" as he vowed that the two immigration programs "will be ended". It is believed Ullah became radicalised after he began watching pro-Isil material online in 2014 and carried out his attack because he was angry over US policies in the Middle East, prosecutors said. The bomb, described by authorities as a low-tech device, exploded inside an underpass leading to three train lines and the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square, the nation's busiest bus station. Police respond to a report of an explosion near Times Square on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in New York Credit: AP He has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism and making a terrorist threat, New York Police said. US prosecutors also brought federal charges including using a weapon of mass destruction, which carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. Investigators found a nine-volt battery inside Ullah's trouser pocket, as well as fragments from a metal pipe and the remnants of what appeared to be fairy lights attached to wires. Officials said Ullah told investigators he built the bomb at his Brooklyn home a week before the attack, filling the pipe with metal screws to maximize damage. Meanwhile investigators in Bangladesh were questioning Ullah's wife - with whom he has a six-month old son - and her family, according to US officials.
- Shark Viciously Attacks Woman On Her Honeymoon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:38:41 -0500
Sarah Illig’s dream honeymoon in the Bahamas turned out to be a nightmare after she was bitten by a shark.
- Five years after Sandy Hook, U.S. gun-control advocates switch strategy - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:07:52 -0500
Instead of pressuring lawmakers to push new gun-control measures through the U.S. Congress, volunteers from groups including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are now running for office themselves. Nine of 13 volunteers trained by the group ran for office this year and won seats, ranging from New Hampshire state representative to city council member in West University Place, Texas. Fourteen more have already declared their intentions to run for office in 2018, seeking seats in Congress, state legislatures and local government, all running as Democrats.
- Three Florida Men Charged With Animal Cruelty For Dragging a Shark Behind Their Boat - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:02:17 -0500
A video of a shark being dragged behind their speeding boat went viral in late July after a Miami sport fisherman criticized it on social media
- 14 Awesome Kitchen Gifts That Are Under $25 - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:31:56 -0500
- Trump Lawyers Want A Second Special Counsel - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:04:02 -0500
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.
- Hopper From 'Stranger Things' Wore A Holiday Sweater And Became A Meme - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:37:58 -0500
Actor David Harbour is spreading the festive cheer with a holiday sweater snap, which is now going viral.
- Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:40:12 -0500
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The case arrives with all the routine of a traffic citation: A baby boy, just 4 days old and exposed to heroin in his mother's womb, is shuddering through withdrawal in intensive care, his fate now here in a shabby courthouse that hosts a parade of human misery.
- Keaton Jones' Mom Responds to Criticism Over Confederate Flag Photos: 'I Can't Take It Back' - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:07:27 -0500
Kimberly Jones also claims she has nothing to do with a GoFundMe page that has raised $58,000 for her son.
- South Korean leader starts fence-mending trip to China - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:24:52 -0500
South Korean President Moon Jae-In began his first state visit to China on Wednesday to soothe relations strained by the US deployment of an anti-missile system that has angered Beijing. Moon is also expected to discuss the North Korean nuclear crisis during his four-day trip, which includes talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday. The US military installed the powerful THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system in the South earlier this year to guard against threats from the nuclear-armed North.
- 5 Things That Truly Don’t Matter When You Buy Your First House - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:51:19 -0500
All those concerns you have about money are quite legitimate, and the mortgage process can be confusing.
- Putin must nudge Syria into U.N. peace deal, mediator says - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:29:59 -0500
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura urged Russia on Wednesday to convince its ally the Syrian government of the need to clinch a peace deal to end the nearly seven-year-old war. De Mistura, speaking on Swiss television station RTS, said failure to make peace quickly through United Nations mediation could lead to "a fragmentation of Syria".
- Family of 5-year-old boy shot in Texas church massacre ask public to send him Christmas cards - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:45:00 -0500
The family of a five-year-old boy who was injured last month in a bloody Texas church shooting is appealing to the public to help them bring a bit of holiday cheer to the boy this Christmas. Ryland Ward, who was shot five times in the First Baptist Church last month, is still in the hospital after the shooting. “You got so many nice people that are sending a card and a dollar to Ryland,” Sandy Ward, his grandmother, told local news.
- Tasmanian tiger was 'doomed by poor DNA' long before it was wiped out by hunting, scientists say - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:49:03 -0500
Scientists in Australia have mapped the genetic sequence of the extinct Tasmanian tiger, raising hopes of reviving the species, whose last survivor died in a zoo in the city of Hobart in September 1936. The landmark study of the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, was based on examination of DNA from a female pup that had been preserved in ethanol at a museum since 1909. Andrew Pask, a researcher from the University of Melbourne, said that establishing a blueprint of the thylacine’s entire genetic code was the first step in trying to bring back the species through cloning. “As this genome is one of the most complete for an extinct species, it is technically the first step to ‘bringing the thylacine back’,” he said. “We are still a long way off that possibility. We would need to develop a marsupial model to host the thylacine genome, like work conducted to include mammoth genes in the modern elephant.” Tasmanian tigers became extinct on the Australian mainland about 3,000 years ago but survived on the island state of Tasmania. The species was hunted by European settlers who believed the animals threatened their sheep and who were encouraged by a government bounty of £1 per carcass. Tasmanian tigers or thylacines photographed at Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart in Australia's Tasmania state in 1918 Credit: AFP / TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY The last known creature died in captivity in 1936, though the species was not officially declared extinct until 1982. But the genome study revealed that the sandy-coloured marsupial may have become extinct even if humans had not settled in Tasmania. The sequencing found that the thylacine had little genetic diversity, making it harder for it to survive changes in environmental conditions. "They were actually in pretty bad genetic shape and it wasn't because of their isolation on Tasmania. It was a longer-term decline in their history," Dr Pask said. “We certainly made them go extinct — there's no question about that. But we now know even if [thylacines] were still around today they'd probably be in the same genetic dire circumstances as the Tasmanian devil [a local species that is under threat]." The Tasmanian tiger has a somewhat mythical status in Australia and there is still frenzied speculation about whether it may have survived in the wild. There have been regular reported sightings, though most experts believe that the creatures that are spotted are probably feral dogs and that the thylacine is unlikely to have survived. Recent unconfirmed sightings in the state of Queensland prompted a fresh search which has so far proven fruitless. The study found that the genetic health of the thylacine became compromised about 70,000 to 120,000 years ago, an era which coincided with an ice age. The Tasmanian species became isolated when the island was cut off from the mainland due to rising seas about 14,000 years ago. On the mainland, the species became extinct due to extreme weather and drought, according to a study released earlier this year. Experts said it could take some years – and billions of dollars - to revive the species. "We still have a way to go to get the technology and to get that at a reasonable cost," Christy Hipsley, from Museums Victoria, told Channel Seven. However, Dr Pask said he believed humans have a moral obligation to try to revive the species. "I think we were responsible for hunting [the species] to extinction - in that case, we almost owe it to the species to bring it back," he said. The findings were published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.
- Does Moore’s Loss Mean A Reckoning For Trump? Don’t Count On It. - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:44:23 -0500
WASHINGTON – Calling women who accuse you of misdeeds liars.
- Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Leader, Dies at 104 - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:36:18 -0500
Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, the spiritual leader of Israel’s non-Hassidic ultra-Orthodox Jews of European descent and one of the country’s most influential and powerful rabbis, died on Tuesday. He was 104.
- Florida mom guilty of killing son known as 'Baby Lollipops' - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:08:29 -0500
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida mother on Wednesday was convicted for a third time of brutally abusing her toddler before fatally beating the boy who became known as "Baby Lollipops" in a case that riveted Miami decades ago.
- San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65 - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:02:01 -0500
San Fransisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday, a hospital spokesman told HuffPost.