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Search for missing submarine concluded
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Search for missing submarine concludedArgentine navy says the last sound heard from the submarine was most likely an explosion, and the families of the 44 crew members have been told their loved ones are most likely dead.


Donald Trump Thanks 'Winning' Military, Touts 'Big Fat Tax Cuts'
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 01:15:55 -0500

Donald Trump Thanks 'Winning' Military, Touts 'Big Fat Tax Cuts'Donald Tump’s Thanksgiving Day gratitude message to U.S. troops overseas took a decidedly political slant Thursday as he ticked off military successes he attributed to himself, and referred to his “big, fat, beautiful tax cuts.”


Man Plans To Launch Himself In Homemade Rocket Funded By Flat-Earthers
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 13:00:46 -0500

Man Plans To Launch Himself In Homemade Rocket Funded By Flat-EarthersA self-taught rocket engineer who claims he believes the earth is flat plans to launch himself nearly 2,000 feet in the air on a homemade steam rocket this Saturday.


Two London Underground stations reopen after terrorist-incident scare
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 13:50:12 -0500

Two London Underground stations reopen after terrorist-incident scareTwo London underground stations on Oxford Street have reopened after an incident that police initially treated as if it might be terrorist-related, the city's transport authority said on Friday.


North Korea replaces soldiers, South Korea awards medals after defector's border dash
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:36:28 -0500

North Korea replaces soldiers, South Korea awards medals after defector's border dashNorth Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier defected last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in the defector's rescue.


Woman Raises Over $300,000 For Homeless Man Who Gave Her His Last $20
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 13:21:08 -0500

Woman Raises Over $300,000 For Homeless Man Who Gave Her His Last $20After her car ran out of gas on a dark New Jersey highway last month, Kate McClure pulled over and tried to walk to the nearest gas station on foot.


New York woman shot dead with pistol by hunter who thought she was a deer
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:10:32 -0500

New York woman shot dead with pistol by hunter who thought she was a deerPolice are investigating the death of Rosemary Billquist. A 43-year-old woman walking her dogs in a field in western New York was accidentally shot dead by a hunter who thought she was a deer, authorities said. The Chautauqua County sheriff’s office said Rosemary Billquist, of Sherman, took her dogs for a walk in her home town near the Pennsylvania border around 5.30pm on Wednesday.


Drug-maker Teva set for major layoffs in Israel, US: report
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:12:20 -0500

Drug-maker Teva set for major layoffs in Israel, US: reportPharmaceutical giant Teva is preparing to sack thousands of employees in Israel and the United States, including one quarter of its Israeli workforce, a business newspaper said Thursday. Israel-based Teva, the world's biggest manufacturer of generic drugs, will sack 25 percent of its 6,860 employees in Israel and more than 10 percent of its 10,000-strong workforce in the US, Calcalist daily said. Teva shares in the United States have taken a plunge this year as the company has faced harsh financial woes.


Cows rain down on drivers after crash in Utah
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:29:00 -0500

Cows rain down on drivers after crash in UtahDrivers in Riverdale, Utah experienced some unexpected bumps on their morning commute when cows began raining down on them from the road above. The freeway ramp was temporarily closed in the aftermath, as crews attempted to clear the scene of cattle. The driver was speeding in the 45-mph (72-kph) area, Riverdale Police Lieutenant Mike Loveland told The Independent.


The Latest: Zimbabwe opposition not invited to inauguration
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:44:38 -0500

The Latest: Zimbabwe opposition not invited to inaugurationHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):


Anti-Pipeline Activist Found Guilty After Being Barred From Mentioning Climate Change
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:07:12 -0500

Anti-Pipeline Activist Found Guilty After Being Barred From Mentioning Climate ChangeAfter a short trial lasting just a day and a half, climate activist and retiree Leonard Higgins was found guilty on Wednesday of a serious felony charge for his role in the “valve turner” protest last year that resulted in the brief shutdown of a tar sands pipeline in Montana.


Police Storm Detention Center As Australia Slammed Over 'Humanitarian Crisis'
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:17:23 -0500

Police Storm Detention Center As Australia Slammed Over 'Humanitarian Crisis'Law enforcement officials in Papua New Guinea moved to evict hundreds of asylum seekers from a former detention center on Manus Island after the Australian government closed it late last month.


Saudi Crown Prince calls Iran leader 'new Hitler': NYT
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:50:16 -0500

Saudi Crown Prince calls Iran leader 'new Hitler': NYTSaudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince called the Supreme Leader of Iran "the new Hitler of the Middle East" in an interview with the New York Times published on Thursday, sharply escalating the war of words between the arch-rivals. Mohammed bin Salman, who is also Saudi defense minister in the U.S.-allied kingdom, suggested the Islamic Republic's alleged expansion under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei needed to be confronted.


Argentina says abnormal noise heard after submarine's last contact as hopes fade
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:56:09 -0500

Argentina says abnormal noise heard after submarine's last contact as hopes fadeArgentina’s navy said on Wednesday it was investigating an unusual noise detected in the South Atlantic hours after it last communicated with a missing submarine, but refused to confirm whether it indicated an explosion. The development came as the clock was ticking down on hopes of finding alive the 44 crew members now missing for a week despite a massive search of surface and seabed, amid fears their oxygen had run out. The ARA San Juan would have had enough oxygen for its crew to survive underwater in the South Atlantic for seven days since its last contact, according to officials. At 0730 GMT on Wednesday, that time had elapsed. Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters a "hydro-acoustic anomaly" was detected in the ocean almost three hours after the last communication with the vessel on November 15, 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of its last known position. Asked if the noise could have been an explosion, the spokesman declined to speculate, saying only: "It has to be corroborated and looked into." Argentinian Navy personnel on board a C130 searching for missing submarine ARA San Juan Credit:  Argentinian Navy Balbi added: "We are in a very dangerous situation, and one that is getting worse." It was not immediately clear why the navy was only announcing the noise on Wednesday. Poor weather High seas and poor visibility in the South Atlantic have hampered the search since it began, around 200 miles (320 kilometers) off the Argentine coast. Waves have towered as high as six meters (20 feet). The conditions have fed hopes that the vessel may be on the surface undetected. Despite the mechanical problems it reported during its last contact last on Wednesday, the crew could survive indefinitely if the sub retained the ability to rise to the surface to "snort" or replenish its air. Argentine navy loses contact with submarine carrying 44 01:08 Conditions improved on Tuesday, but the forecast for Thursday is once again poor. The 34-year-old German-built diesel-electric submarine that was refitted between 2007 and 2014 had flagged a breakdown and said it was diverting to the navy base at Mar del Plata, where most of the crew members live. It didn’t issue a distress call, however. Jessica Gopar posted a moving letter to her husband, San Juan crewman Fernando Santilli, father of their one-year-old baby, on Facebook. "Hi, Fernando. I don’t know if this finds you calm or desperate. Every day here becomes harder. There are moments of hope and great distress." "I am surrounded by family, your colleagues, acquaintances and friends, there is not moment that we do not pray for your rescue. Today has to be that day," she wrote. National apprehension The sub’s disappearance has gripped the nation, and President Mauricio Macri visited the relatives – who have endured days of false hopes – and prayed with them. US President Donald Trump offered his support on Wednesday, tweeting: "May God be with them and the people of Argentina!" Underwater sounds detected by two Argentine search ships were determined to originate from a sea creature, not the vessel. Satellite signals were also determined to be false alarms. "A light begins to shine, and then it goes out," said Maria Morales, the mother of one of the missing sailors. "There is a curtain of smoke, we don’t know anything," said Elena Alfaro, whose brother is aboard the submarine. "It doesn’t make sense that so much time has passed without anyone knowing anything," she added. "The hours go by. We’re hoping for a miracle. I don’t want to bury my brother, I want him with me. I feel he’ll come back, but I am aware of time passing." Argentina is leading an air-and-sea search with help from several countries including Brazil, Britain, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Peru, the United States and Uruguay. The defence ministry said the search area could be expanded sevenfold, though it was already large. Families of crew members on lost submarine pray for their return 01:12 ’They will come back’ The incident has recalled recent submarine disasters, perhaps most prominently that of the Kursk, a Russian nuclear sub that caught fire and exploded underwater in 2000, killing all 118 on board – some instantly, others over several days. An accident aboard a Chinese sub in 2003 killed 70 crew, apparently suffocated after what Beijing termed "mechanical problems". Among the ARA San Juan’s crew is Argentina’s first female navy submariner: Eliana Krawczyk, 35. Cards, banners with slogans and placards have been strung up on the outside of the Mar del Plata base’s wire fence, expressing solidarity with the families tensely waiting for any news. "There’s a mix of feelings: pain, helplessness, at times hope," Morales said. "The feeling is that they will come back, that we will tell ourselves today, ’They are back.’"


Chef José Andrés Prepares 40,000 Thanksgiving Meals In Puerto Rico
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:37:25 -0500

Chef José Andrés Prepares 40,000 Thanksgiving Meals In Puerto RicoAs Americans give thanks this Thanksgiving, celebrity chef José Andrés is busy giving back, by preparing what he estimated as 40,000 Thanksgiving meals for Puerto Ricans.


Baltimore Detective Killed A Day Before Testifying In Federal Case Against Fellow Cops
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:06:43 -0500

Baltimore Detective Killed A Day Before Testifying In Federal Case Against Fellow CopsThe Baltimore police detective who was fatally shot in the line of duty last week was scheduled to testify in a federal case against officers indicted earlier this year, the Baltimore Police Department confirmed Wednesday.


Chavez cousin to lead Citgo, PDVSA's arm in US
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:48:30 -0500

Chavez cousin to lead Citgo, PDVSA's arm in USVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday named Asdrubal Chavez -- a cousin of late leader Hugo Chavez -- to lead Citgo, the state oil company's US affiliate. "He's straight off to be Citgo president, to restructure it, to get it back, to strengthen Citgo," Maduro said in a speech broadcast on VTV state television. Asdrubal Chavez held the critical oil ministry portfolio from 2014-2015.


Six-year-olds show off bloody hunting trophies after minimum age scrapped in Wisconsin
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:07:00 -0500

Six-year-olds show off bloody hunting trophies after minimum age scrapped in WisconsinGovernor Scott Walker announced the change, in Wisconsin, which allows a youngster of any age to head into the wild to shoot game such as deer as long as they are in the care of an adult. Governor Walker revealed the shake-up in the rules just days before the state's new hunting season began. Locals head into the northern forests for days on end to kill animals including deer, bears and turkey in what is justified by some as population control.


Cold War drama caught on video as N. Korean soldier escapes
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:12:47 -0500

Cold War drama caught on video as N. Korean soldier escapesSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It's 3:11 p.m. on a cold, gray day on the North Korean side of the most heavily armed border in the world, and a lone soldier is racing toward freedom.


Mugabe's successor and the 'poisoned ice cream' plot
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:07:20 -0500

Mugabe's successor and the 'poisoned ice cream' plotOn August 17, the Zimbabwean government issued an official denial that Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was vice president at the time, had eaten ice cream at a political rally. "For the record, the Vice President did not eat ice cream," Information Minister Chris Mushohwe said. "Yes, there was ice cream.



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