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- ‘Yellow Jacket’ protests paralyze Paris and threaten Macron’s government - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 17:25:44 -0500
The fourth weekend of violent protests in France paralyzed the capital, as demonstrators called for the resignation of President Emmanuel Macron.
- Cyntoia Brown, Sex-Trafficking Victim, Must Serve 51 Years Before Release, Court Says - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 05:56:53 -0500
Cyntoia Brown, a Tennessee woman who was convicted as a teenager for shooting
- The Best Green Monday 2018 Deals We've Seen So Far - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:37:21 -0500
Regret missing out on some of those Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals last
- U.S. arrests religious leaders, activists at border protest - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 22:44:08 -0500
More than 400 demonstrators, many leaders of churches, mosques, synagogues and indigenous communities, sought a halt to detention and deportation of migrants and for the United States to welcome the caravan that arrived in Tijuana, Mexico in November. Singing and praying, religious leaders moved forward in lines of four to six, some wearing T-shirts reading, "Love Knows No Borders." They were handcuffed and led away by federal agents upon entering a restricted area in front of the fence. "As a Quaker who believes in our shared humanity...We’re calling on the U.S. to respect the rights of migrants," said Joyce Ajlouny, general secretary of the American Friends Service Committee, which has run a week of actions to back migrants.
- The Latest: Teacher apologizes for hairstyle rules - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:53:32 -0500
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on a music teacher's letter on student hairstyles (all times local):
- Photos from Our Prototype Drive of the 2020 Volkswagen Passat - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:15:00 -0500
- Neon sea creatures light up ocean with vibrant colors - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:10:09 -0500
Incredible neon sea creatures have been captured lighting up the ocean with their vibrant colors – in what looked like a scene from Avatar. Photographer Simon Pierce, 39, took the images over several months after visiting both Nosy Sakatia in Madagascar and Mafia Island in Tanzania recently. He was thrilled to spot the biofluorescence creatures – which produce their own light – he managed to capture, including fireflies and glow worms. Simon, who is also a marine biologist, from New Plymouth, New Zealand, said: “I felt like I was in the film Avatar capturing these images. ...
- Inside the Navy's flyover farewell for President George H.W. Bush - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 09:04:57 -0500
Navy pilots who participated in the 21 aircraft flyover at George H.W. Bush's funeral in Texas describe what it was like to be part of that historic tribute for the late president.
- May Kicks Brexit Can Down the Road, Raises Risks of No Deal - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:40:22 -0500
Theresa May is playing for time. Faced with a humiliating defeat on her Brexit deal, the embattled U.K. prime minister announced to the House of Commons she would defer a vote and return to Brussels to seek “assurances” from European Union leaders. The pound hit the lowest since April 2017 as the market judged that the risk of no-deal Brexit has increased.
- Marco Rubio: Pardoning Paul Manafort would be a 'terrible mistake' - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 11:28:49 -0500
Sen. Marco Rubio said President Trump would be making a 'terrible mistake' if he decides to pardon Paul Manafort.
- 2 Nuns Accused Of Embezzling $500,000 From Catholic School - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:46:06 -0500
Two Roman Catholic nuns have admitted to embezzling $500,000 from a parochial
- An '(Unintentional) Grinch' Tried To Ban Christmas From The Classroom - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 21:37:02 -0500
An elementary school principal from Omaha, Nebraska has been placed on
- Six Israelis wounded in Palestinian shooting attack: officials - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 16:01:23 -0500
A Palestinian opened fire on Sunday at a group of Israelis standing at a bus stop near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, wounding six of them, Israeli officials said. One woman was in critical condition, medical officials said. "Shots were fired from a passing Palestinian vehicle towards Israeli civilians who were standing at the bus station," the Israeli army said.
- The Latest: Teen charged with killing pregnant schoolmate - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:10:23 -0500
MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on the slaying of pregnant teen in northern Indiana (all times local):
- Indian tycoon Mallya to find out extradition fate - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 21:18:16 -0500
Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya will appear in a London court on Monday to find out whether he will be extradited to his homeland, where he is accused of fraud. Mallya, chairman of the UB Group drinks conglomerate and chief executive of the Force India Formula One team, will discover his fate at Westminster Magistrates' Court. The loans from the state-owned IDBI bank were intended to bail out his failed carrier Kingfisher Airlines.
- Kavanaugh, Supreme Court Let Stand Rulings Favoring Planned Parenthood - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:16:15 -0500
Kavanaugh voted to leave intact lower court rulings that let Planned Parenthood sue Kansas and Louisiana to try to preserve the Medicaid funds. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch said Monday they would have heard the appeals, which contended the federal Medicaid law doesn’t allow lawsuits by providers who are kicked out of the program.
- How LSAC's GPA Calculation Differs From Your School's - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:15:24 -0500
Welcome to the latest installment of Law Admissions Q&A, a feature that provides law school admissions advice to readers who send in questions and admissions profiles. In doing my research for applying to law school I've encountered different versions on how LSAC calculates my GPA. Is it possible my GPA when applying to law school is actually higher than my transcript GPA?
- Would Taiwan Fight China Without U.S. Support? - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 21:32:00 -0500
It is in the interests of the United States to send reassuring signals to the public in Taiwan about the U.S. determination to assist and defend Taiwan.
- Jared Kushner Gave Saudi Crown Prince Advice After Khashoggi Slaying: NY Times - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 08:21:37 -0500
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, flouted
- Israeli troops raid Palestinian news agency for footage - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:05:09 -0500
Israeli soldiers raided the official Palestinian news agency on Monday in the occupied West Bank, a day after suspected Palestinian gunmen opened fire on Israelis outside a nearby Jewish settlement. Wafa, the Palestinian Authority news service, said on its website that troops entered the server room and went through recordings at its main office in West Bank city of Ramallah. "They withdrew from the agency's office after they took copies of the security camera footage," it said.
- I Drove Drunk And It Cost 6 People Their Lives. Here's How My Own Life Changed Forever. - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:21:28 -0500
On Nov. 1, 2003, I was involved in a drinking and driving accident. I cost six
- Government spent £100,000 on Facebook adverts to promote Brexit deal in week before vote was pulled - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:05:49 -0500
The government spent almost £100,000 on Facebook adverts to promote Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the week running up to her decision to pull the Commons vote. Figures released by the social media giant showed the government spent £96,684 on 11 adverts from December 2 to 8 as it became increasingly clear the prime minister faced defeat over her deal. It dwarfed the £50,000 the government spent on Brexit social media ads in the previous three months to November 20. Three videos, intending to explain the deal in terms of free trade, the economy and “controlling our borders”, cost between £10,000 and £50,000 each to promote, reaching between 500,000 and 1m Facebook users apiece. Theresa May's approval rating through the Brexit negotiations The money also included videos on “what the Brexit Deal means for you - explained in 60 seconds” and others focusing on immigration and jobs. Last night the spending was slated as an “inappropriate” and “wasteful” use of taxpayers’ money. Jon Trickett, Shadow Cabinet Office minister, said: "Not only is this a completely inappropriate use of public money, but it turns out to have been entirely wasted. When official resources are used for the Prime Minister's personal purposes it threatens our democracy." Layla Moran, LibDem education spokesman, said: “Given that the vote won’t even happen now, it is an absolute insult to taxpayers that the Prime Minister has been throwing our money down the drain promoting a deal that not even she can back.” Eloise Todd, head of the Best for Britain campaign group, said the absurdity of spending almost £100,000 on a vote that “you know you are going to pull shows flagrant disregard of taxpayers’ cash to waste it like this.” The figures showed the Conservative Party also spent £39,967 on Facebook adverts supporting the deal. Theresa May is listed as spending £1,659. The government spending was double that of the People’s Vote, of £47,313. The figures were published by Facebook as part of new advert transparency measures following sustained criticism of the platform through 2018. It included the Vote Leave campaign being sanctioned over advertising spending on the social network during the Brexit campaign. A government spokesman said: “Communicating government policy effectively to the public is a core function of the Civil Service. “We have reached a deal that is good for the UK, good for its citizens, and good for business and we will be communicating that to the country. Any costs associated with this will be published in the usual way." Adverts have included one paid for to push it to the top of Google’s rankings and linked to a website called Brexit Deal Explained which sets out the government’s case for the EU withdrawal agreement - and warns about the dangers of a no-deal Brexit. Another Facebook video featured the prime minister hailing the deal as offering “certainty for business and economy”, concluding: “Now is the time to come together to build a brighter future.”
- Former beauty queen sent nude pictures to 15-year-old student on Snapchat, police say - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 04:47:34 -0500
A former beauty pageant queen is facing up to 20 years in prison after allegedly sending nude photographs of herself to a 15-year-old boy. Ramsey Bearse, now a teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School outside Charleston, West Virginia, was arrested and charged with distribution or display of obscene matter to minors after allegedly sending the lewd images to the former student. According to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, Ms Bearse sent the teenager at least four topless photos using multimedia messaging app Snapchat over a period of three months.
- Heavy snow batters North Carolina and Virginia, leaving thousands of drivers stranded - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:26:25 -0500
At least four deaths have been blamed on "mammoth" snowstorm in the Southeast, causing drivers to abandon their cars on the road due to dangerous conditions.
- Trade Bear David Woo Hasn't Been This Nervous Since 2008 - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:07:17 -0500
The Bank of America strategist is the most worried about volatility in global markets -- particularly in the developing world -- since the 2008 financial crisis. "We’ll have a $1 trillion budget deficit, a big fight over the debt ceiling, gridlock and the U.S. economy will be slowing at the same time," Woo said from New York.
- Teachers union: Tentative deal to end charter schools strike - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 18:31:15 -0500
CHICAGO (AP) — The nation's first teachers' strike against a charter school operator will end after their union and management struck a tentative deal Sunday that includes protections for students and immigrant families living in the country illegally.
- US sees 'hard deadline' for China trade negotiations - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 12:37:58 -0500
The US negotiator in charge of trade talks with China said Sunday he considers March 1 to be a "hard deadline" for reaching an agreement that would avert an intensifying trade war. Lighthizer also said that he did not expect the arrest in Canada of a top Chinese executive, Meng Wanzhou of telecom giant Huawei, to interfere with the trade talks. China has strongly protested the arrest and the US demand that Meng be extradited over allegations that Huawei has violated US sanctions against Iran.
- 11 Useful Gifts For The Person Who Can't Cook To Save Their Life - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:54:24 -0500
Learning to cook can be intimidating for a lot of people. Maybe they are a
- Rand Paul Calls Trump's Nomination Of William Barr For Attorney General 'Very Troubling' - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 13:07:39 -0500
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday bashed President Donald Trump's nomination of
- Deal Alert: These Gearhead Essentials Are Heavily Discounted Today - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:00:00 -0500
- New Zealand police find body they believe is British tourist - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 00:25:51 -0500
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police said Sunday they found a body they believe to be that of missing 22-year-old British tourist Grace Millane.
- At least seven officials killed in Sudan helicopter crash: news agency - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 07:24:21 -0500
At least seven local government officials were killed in a helicopter crash in Sudan's eastern al-Qadarif state on Sunday, state news agency SUNA reported. The state's governor and three security officials were among the dead. A number of people were also injured in the incident, SUNA said.
- Camp Fire survivor elated to find dog waiting at their burned down house - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 13:18:11 -0500
When Andrea Gaylord was forced to evacuate the devastating Camp Fire in Northern California in November, she couldn't get back home to take her dog Madison with her to safety as the fires spread. The evacuation order was lifted nearly a month after it was instated in Paradise, California, and Gaylord was beside herself to see Madison waiting for her as she pulled up to her burned down property, Gaylord told the ABC 10 news. Madison miraculously survived the Camp Fire that tore through Northern California throughout November, killing 85 people, displacing thousands, and leaving many, including Gaylord, homeless.
- Why you should buy an Escort Cosworth over a Ford Focus RS - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 04:19:53 -0500
The recently discontinued MK3 Ford Focus RS is destined to become a future classic, but should you buy an Escort RS Cosworth instead? We find out...
- Columbia University denounces student filmed harassing black students in 'racially charged' rant - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:42:00 -0500
Columbia University has denounced a "racially charged" tirade from a student who was caught on video telling a group of fellow students that white people “built modern civilization” and “did everything”. The student reportedly followed a group made up mostly of black students from the school’s library as they left. It was there he was filmed shouting white supremacist comments at his classmates, according to the Columbia Daily Spectator.
- May Said to Pull Parliament Vote on Her Deal: Brexit Update - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:31:20 -0500
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has called off a crucial vote in Parliament on whether to approve her Brexit deal, after being warned she was on course for a devastating defeat, according to a person familiar with the matter. May’s office publicly insisting it was going ahead as recently as 11.20 a.m. on Monday but the prospect of an overwhelming revolt from members of Parliament forced the premier to think again. “The British people gave a clear instruction to leave, and we are delivering on that instruction,” a government spokesman said in response to the ECJ ruling on revoking Article 50.
- VIDEO: Woman throws hot coffee in face of Canoga Park Spudnuts owner - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 03:10:58 -0500
Surveillance video inside a Canoga Park doughnut shop captured the moment a woman threw hot coffee into the owner's face.
- Kevin McCarthy Says Democrats Shouldn't Spend A Lot Of Time Investigating Trump - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:18:25 -0500
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) urged Democrats not to dwell
- Mexico's new president boosts Pemex budget by $3.7 bn - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 20:08:22 -0500
Mexico's new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday he would reverse shrinking investment in the state oil company by pouring $3.7 billion into Pemex in 2019, in a bid to boost crude and refined products' output. "We are going to increase investment in Pemex by 75 billion pesos from what was authorized for 2018," the leftist president said in a speech in his home state of Tabasco. The state oil giant has seen a drop in its production since 2004, when it extracted some 3.4 million barrels per day.
- The Latest: Man speaks about 5 young cousins killed in fire - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:04:17 -0500
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on an Ohio house fire that killed five children (all times local):
- In-Depth Photos of the 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:54:00 -0500
- Saudi foreign minister rules out extraditing suspects in Khashoggi case - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 13:32:37 -0500
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Sunday ruled out the extradition of suspects in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, after Istanbul's chief prosecutor filed warrants for the arrest of two former senior Saudi officials. Turkish officials said last week that the prosecutor's office had concluded there was "strong suspicion" that Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and General Ahmed al-Asiri, who served as deputy head of foreign intelligence, were among the planners of Khashoggi's Oct. 2 killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
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- Accused Russian Agent Maria Butina Reaches Plea Deal With Federal Prosecutors: Reports - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:05:30 -0500
Maria Butina, a Russian gun-rights activist accused of working as an agent for
- Gas plummets to 2018 low as oil's slide delivers savings - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:36:27 -0500
Gas prices hit a low for the year on Monday as oil's plunge leads to relief at the pump for American motorists.
- Meet the Nissan Skyline GT-R with a single owner since 1972 - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:28:15 -0500
Finding an unmolested Nissan Skyline C10 is difficult enough, yet an S20-powered example boasting only one owner over the last 46 years? Surely impossible…
- Key House Democrat Jerry Nadler Says Trump Payments May Be 'Impeachable Offenses' - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 12:05:01 -0500
Allegations that President Donald Trump directed his former personal attorney
- All 8 ‘Stranger Things’ season 3 episode titles revealed by Netflix - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:34:59 -0500
It's been over a year since the second season of Stranger Things hit Netflix, and yet we still don't know exactly when we'll be able to return to the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, as Netflix hasn't announced a release date for season 3. All we know is that the next season will launch at some point next year, but thanks to a short video the streaming service shared on Sunday, we also know the titles for all eight episodes of season 3. If you want to remain completely spoiler-free until Stranger Things returns, you might want to skip this video, but for the rest of you, watch the video below and try to see if you can decipher how the season will unfold: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH3kBCSfL-4 Here are all eight episode titles, most of which are incredibly vague and fail to give any substantial away: 1. "Suzie, Do You Copy?" 2. "The Mall Rats" 3. "The Case of the Missing Lifeguard" 4. "The Sauna Test" 5. "The Source" 6. "The Birthday" 7. "The Bite" 8. "The Battle of Starcourt" A few things worth noting. First of all, the episode count is back down to eight, which makes Stranger Things 3 an episode shorter than the second season, and the same length as the first. As for the titles, two stand out: "Suzie, Do You Copy?" and "The Battle of Starcourt." The only Suzie we know is Susan Hargrove, the mother of Max Mayfield. This could be referring to her, or a new character altogether. Then we have the finale's title, which suggests that a climactic battle will take place at Starcourt Mall, which is where Steve Harrington works. Finally, at the very end of the video, it's revealed that the new season will take place during the summer of 1985, which is less than a year after the previous season took place. In the end, we really don't know much more now than we did before the video dropped, but at least we're one step closer to more Stranger Things.
- UK nerve agent survivor fears poison will soon kill him - Sun, 09 Dec 2018 12:11:04 -0500
LONDON (AP) — A British man who was exposed to the deadly nerve agent Novichok said he is struggling with his eyesight and mobility, and fears the poison will kill him within a decade.
- 2019 McLaren 720S Spider supercar makes its debut - Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:49:07 -0500
The supercar that McLaren teased late last month with a tweet and a 13-second video has officially been unveiled: the electric blue, drop-top 720S Spider made an official appearance Saturday. In March of 2017, McLaren announced the 720S supercar, which the company claimed was the "dawn of a new era" for the brand. The McLaren 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine generates a scintillating 720PS and 770Nm.