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Donald Trump On Potential Michael Flynn Pardon: 'We'll See What Happens'
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:55:09 -0500

Donald Trump On Potential Michael Flynn Pardon: 'We'll See What Happens'President Donald Trump refused to say if he’d consider pardoning former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying, “We’ll see what happens.”


One of Kim Jong Un’s top generals has Vanished
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:34:15 -0500

One of Kim Jong Un’s top generals has VanishedSouth Korean intelligence agencies are reporting that a top North Korean general may have been executed, despite being seen by Kim Jong Un’s side as recently as September.


Ryan Zinke Fires 4 Department Of Interior Employees For Harassment
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:13:13 -0500

Ryan Zinke Fires 4 Department Of Interior Employees For HarassmentInterior Secretary Ryan Zinke fired four senior staffers at the Department of the Interior for inappropriate conduct in response to a bombshell employee survey revealing widespread harassment within the agency.


Roy Moore has a Jewish lawyer, so...
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:28:02 -0500

Roy Moore has a Jewish lawyer, so...Rachel Maddow shares video of an odd boast by Roy Moore's wife, Kayla Moore, that couple employs a Jewish lawyer, so accusations that they are anti-Semites could not be true.


This Cat Named D-O-G Helps Train Pups To Be Service Dogs
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:12:22 -0500

This Cat Named D-O-G Helps Train Pups To Be Service DogsNot many cats get to have a career as a dog trainer, but one Missouri feline is doing just that.


Hong Kong 'milkshake murderer' challenges life sentence
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:42:02 -0500

Hong Kong 'milkshake murderer' challenges life sentenceAmerican Nancy Kissel, dubbed the "milkshake murderer" for one of Hong Kong's most notorious crimes, was back in court Friday to challenge her life sentence for murdering her banker husband. Kissel lost an appeal in 2014 against a conviction for drugging her husband -- a senior executive at US bank Merrill Lynch -- with a sedative-laced strawberry drink before clubbing him to death with a lead ornament in their luxury home in the southern Chinese city. With bobbed hair and wearing glasses, she took copious notes throughout the judicial review hearing into her case at Hong Kong's High Court on Friday.


2-Year-Old Steals Baby Jesus From Manger During Nativity Pageant
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:50:14 -0500

2-Year-Old Steals Baby Jesus From Manger During Nativity PageantOne eager Tennessee 2-year-old took matters into her own hands during her church’s recent Nativity pageant


Friday's Morning Email: What The Net Neutrality Repeal Means For You
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:33:30 -0500

Friday's Morning Email: What The Net Neutrality Repeal Means For YouTOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday?


The best days to get Your Last-Minute Gifts
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:26:15 -0500

The best days to get Your Last-Minute GiftsConsumer spending in November was more than double what was expected, but it was a tumultuous year in retail, so companies are tacking on last-minute deals to end the season on a high note.


Man dies after attacking Israeli troops with a knife in deadly clashes over Trump's Jerusalem decision
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:21:31 -0500

Man dies after attacking Israeli troops with a knife in deadly clashes over Trump's Jerusalem decisionIsraeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week. Most of the casualties were on the Gaza Strip border, where thousands of Palestinians gathered to hurl rocks at Israeli soldiers beyond the fortified fence. Medics said two protesters, one of them wheelchair-bound, were killed and 150 wounded. In the occupied West Bank, another area where Palestinians are seeking statehood along with adjacent East Jerusalem, medics said two protesters were killed and 10 wounded by Israeli gunfire. One of the dead was a man who Israeli police troopers said was shot after he stabbed a member of their unit. Reuters witnesses said the Palestinian held a knife and wore what looked like a bomb belt. A Palestinian medic who helped evacuate the man for treatment said the belt was fake. Palestinians -- and the wider Arab and Muslim world -- were incensed at Trump's December 6 announcement, which reversed decades of U.S. policy reticence on Jerusalem, a city where both Israel and the Palestinians want sovereignty. Mohammed Aqal, 29, stabbed a border police officer at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank while wearing what appeared to be a suicide vest, before being shot three times by police Credit:  GORAN TOMASEVIC/ REUTERS Israeli border policemen stand away after shooting Aqal Credit:  GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS Aqal later died, according to health authorities Credit:  GORAN TOMASEVIC/ REUTERS Washington's European allies and Russia have also voiced worries about Trump's decision. Gaza's dominant Hamas Islamists, which reject coexistence with Israel, called last week for a new Palestinian uprising, but any such mass-mobilisation has yet to be seen in the West Bank or East Jerusalem. There have been almost nightly Gazan rocket launches into Israel, so far without casualties. Israel has responded with air strikes on Hamas facilities, one of which killed two gunmen. The Israeli military said that, on Friday, about 3,500 Palestinians demonstrated near the Gaza border fence. "During the violent riots IDF (Israel Defence Force) soldiers fired selectively towards main instigators," the military said in a statement. Pictures from the scene show Aqal with a knife and what appears to be a suicide belt A military spokeswoman had no immediate comment on the wheelchair-bound protestor, Ibrahim Abu Thuraya. Abu Thuraya, 29, was a regular at such demonstrations. In media interviews, he said he had lost both his legs in a 2008 Israeli missile strike in Gaza. In the West Bank, the Israeli military said that about 2,500 Palestinians took part in riots, rolling flaming tyres and throwing fire bombs and rocks at soldiers and border police. Israel captured East Jerusalem, an area laden with Jewish, Muslim and Christian shrines, from Jordan in the 1967 war and later annexed it in a move not recognised internationally. Palestinians hope that part of the city will be the capital of a future independent state and Palestinian leaders say Trump's move is a serious blow to a moribund peace process. Israel has welcomed Trump's announcement as recognising political reality and biblical Jewish roots in Jerusalem. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Israel, as well as Egypt, next week. (Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Catherine Evans and Hugh Lawson)


Poland's senators defy EU warnings, approve judicial laws
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:47:29 -0500

Poland's senators defy EU warnings, approve judicial lawsWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's senators approved legislation Friday that gives the government greater control of a top court and a key judicial body despite warnings from European Union leaders that the move could put the country at risk of losing its EU voting rights.


What School Safety Looks Like 5 Years After Sandy Hook
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:43:28 -0500

What School Safety Looks Like 5 Years After Sandy HookOn the morning of Nov. 14, staff members at Rancho Tehama Elementary School in Corning, California, heard the sound of a single gunshot in the vicinity of the campus.


Are the U.S. Marines Dying?
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:41:00 -0500

Are the U.S. Marines Dying?The U.S. Marine Corps is arguably the best amphibious-warfare force in the world. The issue is that relentless overseas commitments have strained marine resources so badly that it can’t conduct the other training that it needs to maintain its combat edge. A review of readiness data from 2014 to 2016 revealed that “Marine Corps units were unable to fully accomplish training for other amphibious operations priorities,” according to the GAO report.


Matt Lauer's First Accuser Lives 'In Constant Fear' Of Being Identified
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:01:28 -0500

Matt Lauer's First Accuser Lives 'In Constant Fear' Of Being IdentifiedMatt Lauer’s original accuser is “terrified” that her identity will become public.


6.5 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia's Java island
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:44:42 -0500

6.5 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia's Java islandA strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's main island of Java late Friday, leaving at least one person dead and rattling nerves in the capital Jakarta. There was no immediate indication of a tsunami, but authorities said they had issued a warning following the tremor, which struck a coastal region some 300 kilometres (190 miles) from the capital. National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said a 62-year-old had died in the Ciamis region in West Java after becoming trapped in a collapsed house.


Tips on Tipping This Holiday Season
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:45:00 -0500

Tips on Tipping This Holiday SeasonWho should you tip and how much should you give during the holidays? Those are questions consumers grapple with every year, and there’s no clear-cut answer. But there are guidelines, depending on...


Kelly Cutrone Says Russell Simmons Tried To Rape Her In 1991
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:12:24 -0500

Kelly Cutrone Says Russell Simmons Tried To Rape Her In 1991Kelly Cutrone is the most recent woman to accuse hip-hop producer Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct.


Grand Jury Slams Penn State for 'Rampant and Pervasive' Fraternity Hazing After Tim Piazza's Death
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:32:00 -0500

Grand Jury Slams Penn State for 'Rampant and Pervasive' Fraternity Hazing After Tim Piazza's Death"No fraternity’s existence is worth more than the life of Tim Piazza"


Donald Trump's tax cut on track to clear US Congress as rebels fall into line
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:38:04 -0500

Donald Trump's tax cut on track to clear US Congress as rebels fall into lineA major tax cut promised by US President Donald Trump was on track for final passage next week, after two previous holdouts in his Republican party said Friday they would vote yes on the legislation. Republicans in both houses of the US Congress, where they hold majorities, each adopted their own versions of the controversial tax code reform since November and were putting the final touches on a bill combining the two plans. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida had imperiled the legislation this week when he said he would not vote in favor of the sweeping bill unless some changes were made. Rubio had been demanding a doubling of the child tax credit to $2,000. His spokeswoman confirmed to AFP that Rubio had moved to the "yes" camp after he got an increase in the refundable portion of the credit, which will help lower-income families. Bob Corker of Tennessee, a fiscal conservative who had been the only Senate Republican to vote against the chamber’s initial tax proposal, also said he would vote for the bill, despite reservations over the likelihood that the reforms would substantially increase the national debt. "I know every bill we consider is imperfect and the question becomes is our country better off with or without this piece of legislation," Corker said in a statement. "I think we are better off with it. I realize this is a bet on our country’s enterprising spirit, and that is a bet I am willing to make." Bob Corker Credit: JScott Applewthie/AP Wall Street stocks surged to fresh records following the news that Rubio and Corker were on board with the reform, pushing the long-awaited measure closer to the finish line. An outline of the compromise text that leaked this week saw the federal corporate tax falling from 35 percent to 21 percent – a notch up from the 20 percent in previous versions – and the maximum income tax rate would drop from 39.6 percent to 37 percent. But the final text, which both chambers will likely vote on early next week, has not been released by negotiators amid last-minute haggling. Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate, and could have only afforded two defectors, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a deciding vote in case of a deadlock. Tax changes by income No Democrats support the measure. Each Republican member therefore has considerable power, especially with Senator John McCain hospitalized as he fights an aggressive form of brain cancer. Trump was optimistic about his party’s chances of passing tax reform, which would be a massive win for the leader who has yet to notch any major legislative victory after nearly a year in office. "I think we are going to be in a position to pass something as early as next week, which will be monumental," he said. Trump has promised Americans that the sweeping reform would pass before Christmas, so that it would take effect from the beginning of 2018.  


Russian parliament launches presidential campaign
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:54:45 -0500

Russian parliament launches presidential campaignMOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers on Friday set the presidential election for March 18, a move that sets in motion campaigning for a race that President Vladimir Putin is all but certain to win.



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