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Forget Cheat ‘Sheet’ — Student Outwits Professor With Enormous 'Cheat Poster'
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:01:23 -0400

Forget Cheat ‘Sheet’ — Student Outwits Professor With Enormous 'Cheat Poster'When Professor Reb Beatty of Maryland’s Anne Arundel Community College arrived at his accounting class to administer a test last week, he hardly could have imagined that he’d be the one getting outsmarted. In a Sept. 20 Facebook post that’s since gone viral, Beatty explained that he’d told his students that they were allowed to bring in a “3x5” cheat sheet to use during the test. Beatty, however, failed to specify the unit of measurement he was referring to.


White House officials defend Trump, say athletes 'can do free speech on their own time'
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:36:41 -0400

White House officials defend Trump, say athletes 'can do free speech on their own time'Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin defended Trump’s call for NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to be suspended or fired. “It’s not about free speech,” Mnucin said Sunday. “They can do free speech on their own time.”


Trump's Poll Numbers Inch Upwards, But Only With Base
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:31:52 -0400

Trump's Poll Numbers Inch Upwards, But Only With BaseAccording to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, one group of voters may be at the core of Trump’s bump: men without a college degree.


Magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits off northern California: USGS
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:48:00 -0400

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits off northern California: USGSA magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck on Friday off the coast of Northern California in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no reports of damage or injury.


Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquake
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:04:55 -0400

Mexicans search for pets missing since the 7.1 earthquakeAround Mexico's capital are scattered signs for missing pets, mostly dogs, who their owners believe got scared and escaped in the chaotic moments after the devastating quake.


Model 'scalped and drained of blood' in murder unprecedented 'outside wartime', reveals LA autopsy
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:32:00 -0400

Model 'scalped and drained of blood' in murder unprecedented 'outside wartime', reveals LA autopsyAn autopsy report has revealed how a model was scalped and drained of blood, in a murder branded unprecedented “outside of wartime”. Comic book writer Blake Leibel, 35, is charged with the murder of the mother of his child, Ukrainian-born Iana Kasian, 30. The murder took place in May last year and Mr Leibel, the heir to a plastics and property fortune, could be given the death sentence if found guilty, due to the severity of the crime.


In Sad, Sad Press Conference, Milo Says 'Free Speech Week' Is Now Just One Measly Rally
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:20:30 -0400

In Sad, Sad Press Conference, Milo Says 'Free Speech Week' Is Now Just One Measly RallyBut on Saturday morning, a day before Milo Yiannopoulos’s “Free Speech Week” rally at the University of California, Berkeley, was scheduled to start, the alt-right provocateur alerted his followers that he would be holding an “emergency” press conference on Facebook Live.


Melania Trump dazzles in Dior suit for meeting with Prince Harry
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:44:00 -0400

Melania Trump dazzles in Dior suit for meeting with Prince HarryPrince Harry and Melania Trump finally met ahead of the opening ceremony for this year's Invictus Games on Saturday.


A New Obamacare Repeal Draft Is Out And It Attacks Pre-Existing Protections More Severely
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:26:57 -0400

A New Obamacare Repeal Draft Is Out And It Attacks Pre-Existing Protections More SeverelyRepublicans on Sunday evening circulated a new version of their embattled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.


Rand Paul Says 'People Have a Right to Protest' After Trump's NFL Feud
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 02:12:48 -0400

Rand Paul Says 'People Have a Right to Protest' After Trump's NFL FeudIn an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says that, "if I were president, I would probably not get involved” in NFL-protest controversy.


Donald Trump Can't Stop Attacking Black Sports Figures
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:03:01 -0400

Donald Trump Can't Stop Attacking Black Sports FiguresSaturday morning, President Donald Trump attempted to rescind a White House invitation he apparently had never extended, when he tweeted that Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry was no longer welcome to make the customary visit to celebrate the team’s NBA championship.


SitRep: Kurds Vote, as Turks and Iranians Prepare For War
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:46:38 -0400

SitRep: Kurds Vote, as Turks and Iranians Prepare For WarNew travel ban, Russians bomb U.S. allies in Syria


Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:25:22 -0400

Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto RicoGUAJATACA, Puerto Rico (AP) — Large amounts of federal aid began moving into Puerto Rico on Saturday, welcomed by local officials who praised the Trump administration's response but called for the emergency loosening of rules long blamed for condemning the U.S. territory to second-class status.


Most schools in Mexico City still closed after earthquake
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:23:55 -0400

Most schools in Mexico City still closed after earthquakeBy Lizbeth Diaz and Ana Isabel Martinez MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Most schools in Mexico City remained closed on Monday after last week's deadly earthquake, but children outside the capital were set to return to their classrooms even though aftershocks are still jolting the country. Search operations in Mexico City were narrowed to five buildings destroyed last Tuesday by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 320 people, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told local broadcaster Televisa on Monday. "These are the places where rescue efforts continue," said Mancera, ticking off locations in central and southern portions of the metropolis.


German election 2017 polls and odds tracker: Will Angela Merkel remain as Chancellor?
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:38:11 -0400

German election 2017 polls and odds tracker: Will Angela Merkel remain as Chancellor?The German election takes place this Sunday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel heavy favourite to defend her position against Martin Schulz for a fourth term in power. Polls currently show that Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party - with its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) - will be the largest party after the Bundestag election on 24 September, but they will fall short of a majority. This is common in Germany, and so the resulting parliament is in part determined by how the smaller parties perform, and which coalition possibilities will be born. German election poll tracker How does the German voting system work? Each person casts two votes in the Bundestag election, to allocate a total of 598 seats. Half of these are to elect a local MP by constituency, in a first-past-the-post fashion. The remaining 299 votes are elected via party lists, allocated near-proportionately to the party vote share in each of Germany’s 16 federal states. To be included in this seat allocation process, a party must achieve five per cent of the national vote.  2013 German Federal Election Results Map This second round of seat allocation also means that the total number of MPs can be higher, with politicians elected in "overhang seats" in order to balance the state- and constituency-level votes. The most recent parliament had 32 overhang seats, taking the total up to 631 MPs. This allows voters to represent their interests locally through their chosen representative, as well as nationally in the party they feel will be strongest in the Bundestag. In the end, the seat share for each party ends up very similar to their vote share - unlike the system used in the UK's parliamentary elections. Graphic: The German electoral system So who will win the German election and when will we know the results? Merkel's CDU is looking most likely to win the most seats in the Bundestag - for the fourth election in a row.  The SPD, led by former President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, is in second place in the polls - securing around a quarter of the vote. The AfD - the far-right Alternative for Germany party - had enjoyed a slight rise in the polls in 2016 but have since collapsed into in-fighting and unpopularity. German election projected seat share In reality, the CDU will have to seek a coalition agreement with the SPD or one of the other minor parties to form a government.  We should know who has won the election by 6pm BST this Sunday, when voting ends and the exit poll is released, although it won't be several more weeks until a coalition government is officially agreed. The return of the far-right A late surge in support has propelled the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party into third place in the opinion polls with just days to go before the ballot. Last time around the party, fighting in it's first federal election, failed to win a constituency outright and fell just short of the five per cent required in order to secure MPs via the secondary proportional representation stage of the election. The rise of the AfD This time however they seem guaranteed to win representation in the Bundestag with the latest polling average putting them at slightly over 10 per cent. YouGov's Multilevel Regression with Poststratification model puts them on 12 per cent. Were the AfD to secure a third place finish they could find themselves becoming the main opposition party in Germany if Merkel's CDU/CSU party decide to extend their Grand Coalition with the SPD. AfD support mapped Potential coalitions The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) has been in coalition with centre-right CDU in this current government, as well as in Merkel's first term. These two parties are Germany’s biggest, leading to a union dubbed the "Grand Coalition". The polls are currently suggesting that Germans are content with their current government, which means a Grand Coalition could happen for a third time in just four elections. Another option is a Black-Yellow coalition, consisting of Merkel's CDU party propped up by the smaller Free Democratic Party (FDP). This would take Merkel over the target needed for a majority, and was the option the party opted for in 2009-2013.  The only situation that poses a risk to Merkel’s leadership is a left-wing "Red-Red-Green" coalition, led by the SPD's Martin Schulz. For this, he would have to gather enough seats together alongside the Linke (Left) and Grüne (Greens) parties. German election coalition scenarios What do the parties stand for? The main parties standing in the election are as follows: Christian Democrats (CDU): The leading party in Germany, headed by Angela Merkel. The centre-right group - made up of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) - they have employment, tax cuts and ongoing public investment at the forefront of their manifesto. Social Democrats (SPD): Led by Martin Schulz, the centre-left are vying to make another Grand Coalition to remain in government. The party polled well following the election of their new leader, but then suffered once again in regional polls. The SPD is a traditionally working class party, pledging investment in education and infrastructure, funded by higher taxes for the rich. Left (Linke): Led by Sahra Wagenknecht and loosely descended from the East German communists. This small party, often used as a protest vote, is campaigning for a rise in national minimum wage, a rejection of military missions abroad and the dissolution of NATO. Green (Grüne): Led by co-chairs Katrin Göring-Eckardt and Cem Özdemir, this party could be the coalition kingmakers. They rely on educated, urban citizens, focusing on the environment, taxes and social policies. Free Democratic Party (FDP): Led by Christian Lindner, the party was Merkel's junior coalition party in her second term. It failed to reach five per cent of the vote to allow another coalition in 2013. The party campaigns for tax cuts and to remain in financial markets - particularly within the EU. Alternative for Germany (AfD): A right-wing populist party lead by Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland. The party's hardline anti-EU, anti-immigration views have attracted voters from almost all of the other parties, especially among lower income households. Graphic: Germany’s political spectrum What are the betting odds for the German Bundestag election? Political pollsters have taken a beating recently after failing to predict a British Hung Parliament in 2017, a Leave vote last summer and a Donald Trump victory in November. For those who have lost faith in polling, there is another way of predicting electoral outcomes: ask people who are prepared to put their money where their mouth is. Many now believe that political betting markets can better predict elections, relying on the wisdom of a crowd of punters to sort and weigh all the probabilities. Coral's latest odds for the election have Mrs Merkel as most likely to continue as Chancellor after the election. The latest odds for the party to emerge with the most seats are: CDU/ CSU - 1/100 SPD - 16/1 AfD - 100/1 Die Linke - 100/1 Greens - 100/1 FDP - 100/1   Our poll tracker takes in national polls from a range of German pollsters: INSA, Infratest Dimap, Emnid, Forsa, Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Allensbach and IPSOS. Their individual polls, while of different sample sizes, use nationally representative samples. Our seat share projection is based on the average of the last eight polls, excluding any parties that are polling at under five per cent, as the German proportional top-up system does.


The Radioactive Puppies Of Chernobyl Are Finally Getting The Help They Need
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:21:07 -0400

The Radioactive Puppies Of Chernobyl Are Finally Getting The Help They NeedA viral video this week sheds light on a heart-rending situation: The radioactive puppies and dogs of Chernobyl.


Sunday School Boy, 10, Describes Barricading Door As Alleged Gunman Opened Fire In Church
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:02:00 -0400

Sunday School Boy, 10, Describes Barricading Door As Alleged Gunman Opened Fire In ChurchThe FBI is opening a civil rights investigation into the shooting, which left one woman dead.


Lucy Hale Shut Down A Troll Who Called Her 'Anorexic' In 4 Perfect Tweets
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:31:43 -0400

Lucy Hale Shut Down A Troll Who Called Her 'Anorexic' In 4 Perfect TweetsAttention all trolls: Lucy Hale is not here for your BS.


Marc Cuban: Trump Must 'Be Able to Take the Blowback' When He Attacks Athletes
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 02:13:28 -0400

Marc Cuban: Trump Must 'Be Able to Take the Blowback' When He Attacks AthletesDallas Mavericks owner Marc Cuban tells Meet the Press that the president's attacks on athletes open the door for sports stars to criticize him.


Singer Jessie James Decker Voices Support For National Anthem Amid Protests
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:58:24 -0400

Singer Jessie James Decker Voices Support For National Anthem Amid ProtestsCountry singer Jessie James Decker spoke out in support of the national anthem amid NFL protests over President Donald Trump’s comments attacking players who choose to kneel during the patriotic song.



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