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- Democrats Flip Kentucky State House Seat Where Trump Won Overwhelmingly - Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:30:55 -0500
Democrats flipped a GOP-held Kentucky state House seat on Tuesday, handing the party its 37th state legislative pickup nationwide since Donald Trump won the presidency.
- Autopsy confirms Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bulls - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:42:51 -0500
An autopsy has confirmed that a Virginia woman believed to have been mauled to death by her own pit bulls in December did indeed die from "trauma due to mauling by animals."
- NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre: FBI, Elitism To Blame For School Shootings - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:35:40 -0500
National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday to defend his organization one week after a gunman used an assault-style rifle to kill 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
- Hem Is Having a 20% Off Sale and We're Freaking Out - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:41:28 -0500
- Parkland and Newtown parents: Arming teachers 'no-starter' - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:42:11 -0500
Fred Guttenberg and Mark Barden, who both lost children in Parkland and Newtown, urge politicians to act on gun control and slam President Trump and the NRA for suggesting that teachers should be armed to prevent mass shootings.
- New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History Month - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:40:00 -0500
New York University has issued a public apology and fired their director of food service after students pointed out the watermelon-flavoured water and collard greens the school was serving during Black History Month were racially insensitive. College of Arts and Science sophomore Nia Harris noticed the offensive meal when she walked into Weinstein Passport Dining Hall - before alerting the deans of the school and NYU’s President Hamilton of the insensitive and “stereotypical” meal. “Not only was this racially insensitive, this was just ignorant.
- School Shooting's Survivors Cry As Florida House Rejects Talks On Assault Weapon Ban - Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:21:26 -0500
Survivors of last week’s school shooting in Florida were brought to tears as state lawmakers refused to debate a gun control measure in Tallahassee on Tuesday.
- What Billy Graham's Death And His Son Franklin's Rise Reveal About America - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:46:25 -0500
Billy Graham died Wednesday at 99
- Dad who survived son's murder plot that killed mom, brother wants his life spared - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:13:07 -0500
Kent Whitaker said he forgave his son Bart Whitaker, who is on death row and scheduled to be executed this week.
- Republican congresswoman: Many mass murderers are Democrats - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:17:24 -0500
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Republican congresswoman from upstate New York said Wednesday that "many" people who commit mass murder turn out to be Democrats.
- Pennsylvania GOP Pleads With SCOTUS Again To Let Them Use Gerrymandered Map - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:16:53 -0500
Pennsylvania Republicans again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block Pennsylvania’s new, court-ordered congressional map on Wednesday, marking the latest in a series of attempts to halt a plan that would make congressional elections more competitive in the state by reducing the impact of gerrymandering.
- At 'listening session' on school shootings, Trump urges giving teachers guns - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:55:54 -0500
In a White House "listening session," President Trump said his administration would look "very strongly" at allowing concealed carry weapons in schools, even though he knew "a lot of people are going to be opposed to it."
- The 10 Best Beaches In The World In 2018, Revealed - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:00:34 -0500
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- Fourth fortune hunter dies looking for Fenn's Treasure - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:34:49 -0500
A fourth fortune hunter has died in the pursuit of a treasure chest containing more than $1 million worth of gold coins and jewels which is reputedly hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Jeff Murphy, 53, perished in June but the details of his death were only revealed eight months later. He was looking for Fenn's Treasure and died after going hiking up a trail within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park, and falling 500ft down a rocky slope. Fenn's Treasure is said to have been deposited in 2010 by Forrest Fenn, an eccentric, octogenarian millionaire art dealer and former Vietnam fighter pilot. Mr Fenn, who is still alive, has said he set the task of finding it in order to encourage people to "get off the couch" and see nature. According to him the bounty is inside a 22lb Romanesque bronze chest and includes 265 gold coins, diamonds, emeralds and ancient Chinese figurines. He published a 24-line poem which contains the clues to locating it. Jeff Murphy, 53, perished in June but the details of his death were only revealed eight months later. Over the last eight years tens of thousands of people are believed to have searched for the loot, mostly in New Mexico where clues have pointed. However, Mr Murphy, a vice president of the International Housewares Association, had headed for the Wyoming-Montana border area. When he went missing a huge search operation was launched including rescuers on horseback, others with dogs, and a helicopter. Erica Murphy, his widow, said he had first read about Fenn's Treasure in an airplane magazine. He then read Mr Fenn’s book The Thrill of the Chase, which contains the full 24-line poem. The poem includes lines like "Begin it where warm waters halt. And take it in the canyon down". Mrs Murphy told the Albuquerque Journal: "It was his pastime. He loved anything that caused him to use his brain, and he loved being out in nature." The death was expected to lead to renewed calls to end the controversial treasure hunt. But Mrs Murphy said she did not blame Mr Fenn, and her husband knew the risks. She said he "would not have wanted to hinder" others from searching. As rescuers looked for her husband Mrs Murphy emailed Mr Fenn to say: "I hope your quest won't be adversely affected by these current events." According to a report by Yellowstone National Park into his death Mr Murphy had also emailed Mr Fenn before setting out. When he went missing Mr Fenn then offered to pay for a helicopter to look for him. Mr Fenn also said he had never been to the area where Mr Murphy was searching, so he was looking in the wrong place. Last summer, fortune hunter Paris Wallace, 52, a pastor from Colorado was found dead north of Santa Fe, New Mexico after trying to traverse a river. Separately, Eric Ashby, 31 died after his raft overturned on the Arkansas River. In 2016, Randy Bilyeu, 54, died on the Rio Grande while looking for the treasure. His former wife Linda Bilyeu has called the hunt "madness". Mr Fenn has previously indicated the treasure is hidden somewhere not hard to reach and that, even at his advanced age, he could himself go back to the spot. Supporters of the treasure hunt have argued that it has achieved its aim of getting Americans into the Great Outdoors, and has led to people meeting spouses and parents bonding with their children.
- Police officer shot dead by murder suspect during standoff - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:44:00 -0500
Officer Justin Billa, a former officer of the month, was fatally injured in the city of Mobile, after trying to detain a man wanted in connection with a murder. The dead officer joined the force in January 2016 and won the Mobile Police Department’s Officer of the Month award in June 2016, Mobile Police Department Chief Lawrence Battiste told reporters, according to the Associated Press. The suspect was identified as Robert Hollie.
- Mississippi Town Rejects 'Historic' LGBTQ Pride Parade Despite Local Support - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:37:50 -0500
Local leaders in Starkville, Mississippi, denied a request to host what would have been the town’s first gay pride parade.
- These Surprising Countries Now Have the Most Powerful Passport in the World - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:53:24 -0500
European countries no longer top the charts
- Syria's Eastern Ghouta: five deadly days of bombing - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:05:17 -0500
Syria's army launched a new deadly aerial campaign on Damascus's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region on February 18, with daily bombardments since then turning it into "hell on Earth". The enclave, controlled by Islamists and besieged by government forces for five years, was already subjected to a ferocious five-day air assault this month that left around 250 civilians dead and hundreds wounded. The new round of strikes by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has killed more than 360 civilians and wounded 1,700 others since Sunday.
- Crews to leave Puerto Rico as $750M Fluor contract nears end - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:25:23 -0500
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews who are helping restore power in Puerto Rico as part of a $750 million federal contract will leave the U.S. territory soon as nearly a quarter of a million customers remain in the dark more than five months after Hurricane Maria, officials said Wednesday.
- Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Donald Trump Jr. For Perpetuating Florida Shooting Conspiracies - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:58:39 -0500
Jimmy Kimmel has absolutely no time for people who peddle conspiracy theories, including Donald Trump Jr.
- GOP leaders request hold on Pennsylvania congressional map - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:16:58 -0500
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new congressional district map that is widely considered likely to give Democrats a boost in their quest to capture control of the U.S. House.
- Miami Heat To Wear Patches In Honor Of Parkland Shooting Victims - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:21:13 -0500
The Miami Heat plan to unveil new patches they will wear in honor of the victims of last week’s deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida.
- U.S. raps ally Albania for 'careless' words on Kosovo - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:09:48 -0500
The United States urged Albania on Wednesday to avoid "careless language" after its prime minister suggested a single president and single security policy for both his country and neighboring Kosovo in a speech that infuriated Serbia. Serbia is sensitive to any talk of unification of its former province of Kosovo, which has a majority ethnic Albanian population, and Albania. Addressing Kosovo's parliament on Sunday on the 10th anniversary of the country's independence from Belgrade, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said: "Kosovo and Albania will have a single foreign policy and not just the same embassies and diplomatic representations, but why not one president, a symbol of national unity, and one national security policy." Rama later complained that his comments had been taken out of context, but the European Union said they were "not helpful" and Serbia accused the Albanian premier of seeking to build a "Greater Albania" in the region.
- Police find guns at home of California teen who threatened school shooting - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:07:12 -0500
Police in California found a stash of weapons in the house of a teenage student who had threatened to shoot up his school, the Los Angeles County sheriff's department said Wednesday. Sheriff Jim McDonnell said police had arrested the 17-year-old student, who made the threat during an argument with a teacher on Friday, two days after a teenager killed 17 people in a gun rampage at a school in Florida. Police also found two handguns and 90 high-capacity ammunition magazines, the sheriff said.
- NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: ‘Elites’ don’t care about school safety - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:54:52 -0500
On Thursday, Feb. 22, the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference amid the nation’s heated debate about gun control following the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. During his speech, LaPierre said “elites” don’t care about school safety, and he called for more guns in schools.
- Florida shooting: Trump's 'I hear you' notes revealed in photo of meeting with school survivors - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:37:00 -0500
Donald Trump took notes into a meeting with survivors of the Florida school shooting and parents of children killed in the massacre, including one which reminded him to tell them: “I hear you”. Cameras caught the US President holding his crib sheet containing five points, as he joined the grieving students in the White House state dining room. During the session Mr Trump heard from Samuel Zeif, a student who survived the massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the city of Parkland, which claimed the lives of 17 students and staff.
- Syria's Child Death Toll Prompts Scathing 1-Sentence Statement From UN Agency - Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:12:58 -0500
The United Nations agency that helps the world’s needy children issued a terse statement on Tuesday about the escalating death toll in Syria as pro-government forces hammer rebel-held areas.
- Who is Dana Loesch? The NRA's chosen defender after the Florida shooting - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:22:57 -0500
In the days after a mass shooting, the National Rifle Association usually stays completely silent, its social media accounts on lockdown. The move comes as the NRA appears to be attempting to dial down attention to the speech that longtime leader Wayne LaPierre is scheduled to give at CPAC later this week. A longtime conservative talk radio host, Loesch sparked outrage last year for an NRA recruitment ad in which she railed against the left for using “their media to assassinate real news” and said NRA members needed to confront “this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth”.
- Models Carried Their Own Severed Heads At Gucci's Nightmarish Milan Fashion Show - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:03:32 -0500
Things got extra freaky at Gucci’s Milan Fashion Week show on Wednesday when designer Alessandro Michele sent models down the runway carrying replicas of their own heads.
- 9 Converted Barn Homes: Beautiful Barn Style Home Inspiration - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:47:00 -0500
- Wisconsin GOP takes over gun bill from Democrats - Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:24:52 -0500
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats tried to pressure Republicans into passing universal background checks for gun buyers Tuesday but GOP leaders outmaneuvered them, seizing control of the legislation and rewriting it to fund armed guards in schools.
- Report Alleges Rampant Sexual Misconduct At Dallas Mavericks - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:57:12 -0500
A Sports Illustrated report detailing widespread workplace sexual misconduct in the Dallas Mavericks organization that involved its former CEO is sending shock waves through the league and drawing sharp criticism.
- 'Making a Murderer' case may go to Supreme Court: report - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:17:59 -0500
Attorneys for Brendan Dassey, 28, made a similar argument to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in December and failed. The judges voted 4-3 to uphold his conviction in the slaying of Teresa Halbach. Dassey confessed when he was 16 of helping his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach, a freelance photographer, in 2005.
- Malaysia holds Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cell - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:18:37 -0500
Ten suspected Islamic militants who were trying to establish a Malaysian cell of a Philippine kidnap-for-ransom group have been arrested in Borneo island, police said Wednesday. The alleged extremists, mostly Filipinos, are also accused of trying to help fighters linked to the Islamic State (IS) group travel to the Philippines to join up with militants there, they said. The southern Philippines has long been a pocket of Islamic militancy in the largely Catholic country.
- Florida shooting: Student survivors call on Marco Rubio to turn down NRA campaign donations - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:33:57 -0500
A survivor of the Parkland school shooting has challenged Florida senator Marco Rubio to turn down campaign donations from the National Rifle Association (NRA). The town hall audience erupted in cheers, before Mr Rubio went on to argue that voters buy into his agenda, not the NRA's, and that he supports laws to keep guns out of the hands of "deranged" people.
- 13 Genius Ways To Use Ground Lamb - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:49:27 -0500
- Ivanka Trump To Lead U.S. Delegation At Olympic Closing Ceremony - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:32:05 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, a senior White House adviser, will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday as part of a weekend trip to lead the U.S. delegation to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics.
- Oprah Surprised Tiffany Haddish, Who Responded Like Any Mere Mortal Would - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:39:21 -0500
Oprah Winfrey surprised actress Tiffany Haddish on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday, and it was quite a moment.
- After teenager's arrest, liberal Vermont ponders gun safety - Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:16:26 -0500
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Last week's deadly Florida high school shooting and a Vermont teenager's arrest in what officials consider a near-miss on a high school shooting are giving a boost to gun control efforts in the state Legislature following years of the otherwise liberal state's steadfast refusal to regulate gun ownership.
- White powder and 'racist' letter sent to Meghan Markle - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:48:34 -0500
A package containing white powder and an allegedly racist message sent to Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle is being treated as a hate crime, police said on Thursday. Officers from the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism command were called in after the package was received on February 12 at a sorting office in St James's Palace in central London. Contacted by AFP, Prince Harry's press service at Kensington Palace declined to comment on the report.
- Chris Cornell's Widow Says Singer Would 'Never Have Ever Left This World' - Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:46:22 -0500
Vicky Cornell, the widow of rock singer Chris Cornell, believes a prescribed medication is the reason her husband of 13 years killed himself in a Detroit hotel room last May.
- Ex-Arkansas judge sentenced to 5 years in sexual favors case - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:57:10 -0500
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a former Arkansas judge Wednesday to five years in prison — a stiffer punishment than prosecutors recommended — after he admitted giving young male defendants lighter sentences in return for personal benefits that included sexual favors.
- Corgi comforts stranger who recently lost his own dog - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:27:05 -0500
Cora, a therapy dog in training sought out a man at the airport who’d lost his own pet the day before.
- Palestinian attacker dies after shot by Israeli soldiers: army - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:05:55 -0500
A Palestinian died after attacking Israeli soldiers and being shot during clashes overnight in the occupied West Bank, the army said Thursday. Protests broke out when the Israeli army entered the Palestinian city of Jericho in a bid to arrest suspects. The man was identified by the Palestinian Prisoners' Club as 33-year-old Yassin al-Saradeeh, from Jericho.
- Is Harley-Davidson's New Electric Motor a Revelation? - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:55:53 -0500
Is Harley-Davidson's New Electric Motor a Revelation? Another mysterious trademark from the Motor Company. Is this the name for the company's new electric motor? Harley has a thing for dramatic-sounding engine names. First there was the Evolution which, fair
- Trump administration sued over detention of immigrant children - Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:46:24 -0500
A New York civil rights group on Tuesday sued Trump administration officials over what it called prolonged detention of immigrant children, blaming recent shifts in U.S. government policy for keeping children locked up without cause. The New York Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, is seeking to represent a class of children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a federal agency, in New York.
- Jennifer Lawrence Rejects Criticism Over Her 'Gorgeous' Dress As 'Sexist' - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:28:58 -0500
Jennifer Lawrence on Wednesday rejected “utterly ridiculous” criticism of a photo promoting her new movie that shows her outdoors in a revealing dress alongside male actors in coats.
- 'Black Panther' Is Breaking An Insane Number Of Box Office Records - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:57:41 -0500
The King of Wakanda is still conquering the box office.
- Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny briefly detained before election - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:29:00 -0500
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been charged with an administrative offence that could put him in jail when Vladimir Putin stands for re-election on March 18. Mr Navalny said on Twitter on Thursday afternoon that police had taken him into custody as he was coming out of a dentist's office. He posted a photograph of himself in a van with police officers. He later tweeted that he had been charged with illegally organising a public demonstration, an administrative violation that carries a potential 30-day jail sentence for repeat offenders like Mr Navalny, and released. Moscow police said in a statement that they detained Mr Navalny to inform him of the allegations against him, as he had not responded to a previous request to appear. The anti-corruption activist has been holding campaign rallies and protests around Russia over the past year, but was barred in December from running against Vladimir Putin in the election due to a politicised embezzlement conviction against him. Since then, he has been calling for a voter boycott on March 18. Although Mr Putin is expected to easily win given his stable popularity, the Kremlin fears an embarrassingly low turnout for the dull election. Vladimir Putin announces he will run for re-election at a car factory in December Credit: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images Mr Navalny was detained at a electoral boycott rally on January 28, but police later released him without charges. He has said this was so he could be detained again closer to the election, since the kind of administrative arrest he has been sentenced to in the past can only last 30 days. “If they would jail me on 28 January, I would walk free on 28 February. But Putin wants me to be isolated right before the election, and preferably during the election,” he said. Alexei Navalny is detained at a 28 January rally calling for an election boycott Credit: Evgeny Feldman/AP Earlier this month, investigators questioned Mr Navalny about allegedly kicking one of the police officers who were filmed tackling him to the ground at the January 28 protest. Mr Navalny's campaign manager Leonid Volkov was detained in a Moscow airport on Thursday morning on his way to speak at a Navalny headquarters in the city of Ufa. He faces similar charges of illegally organising a demonstration, Moscow police said on Thursday.
- Twitter sets crackdown on automated 'bot' accounts - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:30:42 -0500
Twitter announced Wednesday a crackdown on accounts powered by software "bots" which can artificially amplify a person or cause and which have been accused of manipulating the social network during the 2016 US election. The San Francisco messaging platform said the move was intended to rid the service of spam-spewing automated accounts, and not aimed at people using the service according to the rules. "These changes are an important step in ensuring we stay ahead of malicious activity targeting the crucial conversations taking place on Twitter -- including elections in the United States and around the world," Twitter developer policy lead Yoel Roth said in a blog post.