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Parkland students slam Trump for tying shooting to Russia probe: 'He has already made it about himself'
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:01:18 -0500

Parkland students slam Trump for tying shooting to Russia probe: 'He has already made it about himself'Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Aly Sheehy and Giuliana Matamoros were astounded that Donald Trump would use their tragedy to push back against U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between Moscow and his 2016 campaign.


Scott Pruitt Cancels Israel Trip Amid Backlash Over Travel Expenses
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:48:02 -0500

Scott Pruitt Cancels Israel Trip Amid Backlash Over Travel ExpensesEnvironmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has scrapped plans for a business trip to Israel previously scheduled for this week, an agency official said.


Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif on Israel: ‘We Will Act if Necessary’
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:53:09 -0500

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif on Israel: ‘We Will Act if Necessary’In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Iran’s foreign minister commented on its tenuous relationship with Israel as well as on the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.


'Bachelor' Arie grilled by Becca's uncle during hometown dates
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:55 -0500

'Bachelor' Arie grilled by Becca's uncle during hometown datesOn the "Bachelor," Becca's uncle has been a father figure to her since she lost her dad as a child. And he has some tough questions for Arie about their relationship.


Farting Passenger Forces Plane To Make Emergency Landing
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:52:37 -0500

Farting Passenger Forces Plane To Make Emergency LandingA flight from Dubai to Amsterdam had to make an emergency landing in Vienna after a fight broke out because one of the passengers wouldn’t stop breaking wind.


In photos: Take a tour of chef René Redzepi's Noma 2.0
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:47:02 -0500

In photos: Take a tour of chef René Redzepi's Noma 2.0


Texas roadhouse shooting: Six-year-old boy among victims in San Antonio restaurant shooting
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:33:00 -0500

Texas roadhouse shooting: Six-year-old boy among victims in San Antonio restaurant shootingIt happened at about 8.40pm on Sunday outside the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in San Antonio, police said. San Antonio Police Department chief William McManus told reporters: "We do not believe that this shooting was random. "The folks were waiting outside to eat when the shooting occurred.


The Latest: Iran says 65 killed in airplane crash
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:44:18 -0500

The Latest: Iran says 65 killed in airplane crashTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the crash of an Iranian passenger plane in southern Iran (all times local):


Teen Survivors Of Florida Shooting To March On Washington For Gun Law Reform
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:41:45 -0500

Teen Survivors Of Florida Shooting To March On Washington For Gun Law ReformA group of students who survived the Wednesday mass shooting at a Florida high school are organizing a nationwide march to demand lawmakers make ending gun violence a priority.


Bernie Sanders: 'Maybe [Obama] should have done more' on Russia
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:13:29 -0500

Bernie Sanders: 'Maybe [Obama] should have done more' on RussiaIn an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says that President Obama was in a difficult position when it came to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.


Trump Joins Mar-a-Lago Disco Party After Visiting Survivors Of School Shooting
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:44:37 -0500

Trump Joins Mar-a-Lago Disco Party After Visiting Survivors Of School ShootingPresident Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended a party at Mar-a-Lago on Friday just hours after visiting first responders and wounded survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that killed 17 people.


Putin’s shock troops - how Russia's secret mercenary army came up against the US in Syria
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:58:37 -0500

Putin’s shock troops - how Russia's secret mercenary army came up against the US in SyriaIt was one of Isil’s biggest cash cows, a strategic prize crucial to the Kremlin and Bashar Assad’s plans to re-establish his rule over Syria. But the assault on Conoco oilfield near Deir Ezzor earlier this month ended in disaster, sparking the first deadly combat between Americans and Russians since the Vietnam War and embarrassing Vladimir Putin just weeks before an election.  It also cast an unwelcome light on one of the worst kept secrets of Russia’s war in Syria - its increasing reliance on unacknowledged and illegal mercenaries. “These were shock troops, and they would take any position, fulfil any task,” said Alexander Averin, a veteran of the pro-Russian militias in east Ukraine and friend of one of the Russians who was killed. Mr Averin said Kirill Ananyev, 33, was a fellow member of the radical “national Bolshevik” political party Other Russia and had also fought in eastern Ukraine.  He said that Ananyev, whom he had known since 2001, had been working for a private military company when he was killed. He would not name the company, but other casualties have been linked to the secretive Wagner group. Kirill Ananyev, a Russian private military contractor in Syria who was killed in US airstrikes on 7 February Credit: Twitter Russian media have published the names of nine Russian fighters who were killed in the assault on February 7, and the foreign ministry finally admitted on Thursday that five Russian citizens had died.  Some media reports have put the number of Russian casualties in the hundreds, however, and relatives and a former member of parliament have called for answers.  “I want everyone to know about my husband, and not just about my husband, but about all the guys who died there so stupidly,” Yelena Matveyeva, whose husband Stanislav was killed, told the regional news site Znak.com. “They sent them like pigs to the slaughter!” The debacle unfolded on the evening of 7 February, when hundreds of mysterious fighters began charging toward a Syrian Democratic Forces position near the oilfield under cover of artillery, tank and rocket fire, according to the US military. In response, US special forces embedded with the mostly Kurdish SDF called in artillery fire and strikes from fighter jets and B-52 bombers that effectively destroyed the “battalion sized force” they were facing. Mr Averin told the Telegraph that 500 Russians were in Deir Ezzor at the time, and that many of them were now dead and wounded. After Stanislav Matveyev, who was believed to work for the Wagner group, was killed, his wife spoke out against the Kremlin denials of Russian casualties Credit: Twitter It is not entirely clear whether the Russian high command authorised the attack, and some believe that Wagner mercenaries were working for local pro-Assad businessman to take the lucrative site. According to a Syrian government contract seen by Fontanka and AP, a Russian company linked to the Wagner group was to receive 25 percent of profits from oil and gas fields its contractors could capture. Others have suggested the Kremlin allowed the preventable defeat, which also saw Syrian troops killed, to happen as a warning to an increasingly independent Mr Assad as well as Iran, his other major backer.  “You need to be in line with our policies in Syria or you'll get bombed,” was Moscow's message to them, said Yury Barmin of the Russian International Affairs Council, a think-tank close to the Kremlin.  A US drone destroys a pro-regime tank near Deir Ezzor days after the airstrikes that killed numerous Russians Credit: CNN Ostensibly designed to support a long-time ally and defeat the Islamic State, Mr Putin's bombing campaign in Syria was supposed to be a television war, providing footage of impressive Russian airstrikes without any body bags to ruin the mood.  To assuage fears of a repeat of the disastrous Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Mr Putin said it would be solely an air operation lasting no longer than Mr Assad's counter-offensive But Syrian forces reportedly proved ineffective even with the help of Russian advisors and special forces. Kremlin-linked contractors allowed Moscow to run a covert land operation while denying it had boots on the ground. “The big battles, the intense battles with casualties, that's all Russian mercenaries,” said Ruslan Leviev of the Conflict Intelligence Team, a research group who track Russian military activity abroad.  A Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombs targets in the Deir Ezzor region in November Credit: TASS via Getty Images Some 3,000 Russians have fought for the Wagner group, the biggest of the private military companies, in Syria since 2015, according to documents seen by the independent news outlet Fontanka.  It said 73 of them had died before 7 February, exceeding the 46 official Russian military casualties. The US airstrikes against the Russian contractors have raised an alarming risk of direct great-power confrontation in Syria as external players vie to consolidate their interests following the defeat of Islamic State.  Within the last two weeks, al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels shot down a Russian jet, Kurdish fighters have downed a Turkish helicopter, Israel downed an Iranian drone and the Syrian army shot down an Israeli F-16. “Now that the fighting with ISIS is more or less over, every global player in the war is attempting to draw its own sphere of influence in Syria,” Sami Nadir, of the Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs, told the Telegraph. “They used to fight each other through their proxies, now they’re just going head-to-head.” Benjamin Netanyahu holds up what he said was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday Credit: AFP PHOTO / MSC Munich Security Conference / LENNART PREISS America wants to limit Iran and keep the Kurds - its greatest ally against Isil - on side, while not agitating its Nato ally Turkey. Russia has been trying to keep a balance between its allies Turkey, Israel and Iran, to little avail. “The new phase in the Syrian conflict makes the anti-ISIS war look like a stroll in the park,” said Bilal Saab, an expert at the Washington-based Middle East Institute. “This has the potential to turn into a regional war.” Yet news of the contractors' deaths has remained largely unknown in Russia under a state television blackout: The website of the main state news programme published a report, only to delete it the same day. A Syrian pro-regime fighter wounded in the 7 February battle in Deir Ezzor Credit: AFP Photo/Getty Images “It's like the story with the Pskov paratroopers who died in Ukraine,” said Lev Gudkov, head of the independent Levada survey centre. “The information was blocked for a long time, then denied, and it spread only in close-knit circles, it didn't become a fact of public opinion, and I fear it will be the same picture here.” Nonetheless, Mr Putin, whose withdrawal announcement was welcomed by most Russians, finds himself in a bind: The Syria peace talks he sponsored in Sochi last month devolved into infighting and the conflict is edging toward what Mr Nadir called a “full-blown international crisis”. “The era of cooperation is over,” he said. “It’s a Cold War scenario.” The Wagner group | Russia's secret mercenaries in Syria


Kuwait invites Philippine president to visit amid workers row
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:53:38 -0500

Kuwait invites Philippine president to visit amid workers rowKuwait has invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to visit, state news agency KUNA said on Monday, as the countries seek to settle their differences over allegations of extreme abuse of migrant workers in the wealthy Gulf state. After the body of a Filipino was discovered in a freezer in a Kuwait apartment, Duterte arranged free flights for workers wishing to leave - an evacuation that Kuwait said was an unnecessary escalation of a diplomatic rift. The Philippines suspended sending workers to Kuwait in January after reports that abuse by employers had driven several to suicide.


Slain Teacher Told His Fiancee What To Say If He Died In A School Shooting
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:58:44 -0500

Slain Teacher Told His Fiancee What To Say If He Died In A School ShootingA high school teacher shot to death while protecting students in last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, once considered that he could die in such violence, and gave his fiancee instructions on what to say if it happened.


Fire-hit Jokhang temple streets reopen after blaze at Tibet holy site
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:56:06 -0500

Fire-hit Jokhang temple streets reopen after blaze at Tibet holy siteStreets around Lhasa's fire-hit Jokhang temple, one of the most sacred sites for Tibetan Buddhism, were reopened to pilgrims Sunday after a blaze broke out the night before, Chinese state media said, but the extent of damage remained unclear. The official Xinhua news agency said the fire had erupted Saturday evening in part of the more than 1,300-year-old Jokhang temple, but was soon put out. Images posted on social media of the blaze showed the eaved roof of a section of the building lit with roaring yellow flames and emitting a haze of smoke.


Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:25:24 -0500

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash columnJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday.


Mexico helicopter crash kills 13 on ground in wake of earthquake
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:16:04 -0500

Mexico helicopter crash kills 13 on ground in wake of earthquakeBy Jose Cortes SANTIAGO JAMILTEPEC, Mexico (Reuters) - At least 13 people on the ground, including three children, were killed when a Mexican military helicopter carrying top officials surveying damage from an earthquake crashed in a small town in the southern state of Oaxaca, authorities said on Saturday. The helicopter, which was carrying Mexico's interior minister and the state governor, crashed on top of two vans in an open field while trying to land at night in Santiago Jamiltepec after a tour of damage from Friday's powerful quake. The senior officials survived but 12 people at the scene were killed and another died later in a hospital, Oaxaca's attorney general's office said in a statement.


The Duchess Of Cambridge Faces Criticism For Not Wearing Black To The BAFTAs
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:35:32 -0500

The Duchess Of Cambridge Faces Criticism For Not Wearing Black To The BAFTAsStars at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night wore all-black in support of the Time’s Up initiative, much like they did at January’s Golden Globe awards.


LeBron James Speaks Out on Laura Ingraham's 'Shut Up and Dribble' Comments
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:17:08 -0500

LeBron James Speaks Out on Laura Ingraham's 'Shut Up and Dribble' CommentsMSNBC's David Gura and panel discuss the LeBron James/Laura Ingraham feud.


Trump Blames Democrats For Lack Of Gun Control Laws
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:03:06 -0500

Trump Blames Democrats For Lack Of Gun Control LawsAs gun violence survivors and others demand stricter gun control laws in wake of Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, President Donald Trump has found a scapegoat to blame for the lack of reform: the Democrats.


Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East?
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:01:00 -0500

Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East?How would Israel or America respond?  Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East? After gaining naval and air bases in Syria, Russia may now be setting its sights on Lebanon. Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered Russia's Defense Ministry to seek a military cooperation agreement with Lebanon.


Pacific cruise liner brawl sends guests fleeing to cabins
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:13:29 -0500

Pacific cruise liner brawl sends guests fleeing to cabinsMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A South Pacific cruise was interrupted by brawls apparently caused by a 23-member family who threw punches at other passengers, some of whom said they locked themselves in cabins to escape three days of violence.


Family that took in Florida shooting suspect speaks out
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:33:28 -0500

Family that took in Florida shooting suspect speaks outThe 19-year-old suspect in the Florida school shooting that killed 17 people didn't know how to use a microwave, didn't pick up after himself and didn't know how to do his own laundry.


Accused Florida shooter appears in court
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:15:58 -0500

Accused Florida shooter appears in courtThe former student accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school appeared in court Monday for a procedural hearing, his first public appearance since he was held without bond on charges of premeditated murder. Cruz, 19, has been charged on 17 counts of premeditated murder, one each for the students and staff who were shot to death Wednesday during a killing spree at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in nearby Parkland, Florida.


14 Indoor Swimming Pools with Incredible Designs
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0500

14 Indoor Swimming Pools with Incredible Designs


Chilean sexual abuse victim testifies before Vatican investigator
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:22:32 -0500

Chilean sexual abuse victim testifies before Vatican investigatorBy Alice Popavici NEW YORK (Reuters) - The key witness in the case of a Chilean bishop accused of covering sexual abuse said on Saturday he gave "eye opening" testimony to a papally mandated investigator and hoped it would lead to the truth. Juan Carlos Cruz met in a church on Manhattan's Upper West Side for about four hours with Archbishop Charles Scicluna, one of the most experienced and respected Vatican investigators of clergy sexual abuse. The Vatican announced on Jan. 30 that Pope Francis had appointed Scicluna to look into accusations that Bishop Juan Barros of the diocese of Osorno in Chile had covered up crimes against minors.


Olympic Skier Ted Ligety’s Son 'Could Give 2 S***s That Daddy Sucked At Work'
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:45:41 -0500

Olympic Skier Ted Ligety’s Son 'Could Give 2 S***s That Daddy Sucked At Work'U.S. alpine skier Ted Ligety may have had a tough time on the slopes at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Sunday.


The 2018 Flu Season Might Finally Be Leveling Off
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:58:50 -0500

The 2018 Flu Season Might Finally Be Leveling OffThis nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off.


Largely silent about Florida school shooting victims
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:05:46 -0500

Largely silent about Florida school shooting victimsWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):


A Super Dangerous Snowboarding Event Just Debuted At The Winter Olympics
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:03:16 -0500

A Super Dangerous Snowboarding Event Just Debuted At The Winter OlympicsA new event debuted at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and it’s filled with all of the most spectacular parts of the Games.


Israel slams Polish PM for WWII 'Jewish perpetrators' remark
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:45:53 -0500

Israel slams Polish PM for WWII 'Jewish perpetrators' remarkJERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli politicians accused Poland's prime minister of anti-Semitism Saturday for equating the Polish perpetrators in the Holocaust to its supposed "Jewish perpetrators," setting off a new chapter in an angry dispute over Poland's new bill criminalizing the mention of Polish complicity in the Nazi-led genocide.


Now juice stores are giving out Bitcoin as a competition prize
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:55:21 -0500

Now juice stores are giving out Bitcoin as a competition prizeIt's not just cashed-up dads jumping on cryptocurrencies, juice companies are doing the same too. Australian juice chain Boost have launched a competition where customers can win one Bitcoin, if they can correctly guess the price of the cryptocurrency at 12 p.m. the following Monday.  SEE ALSO: Say hello to Buttcoin and the community celebrating Bitcoin's fall Only one person can choose a certain price, to ensure there's no splitting of the prize. At the time of writing, one BTC is equal to $10,569 (A$13,387.76), but as we've seen lately BTC's price has been fluctuating a lot in recent weeks. Boost will have one BTC a week to win over four weeks. Like any in-store competition you'll need to buy a juice to get an entry code, which you can enter in the chain's app and guess BTC's prospective price. As for people who might not be following the cryptocurrency rollercoaster, you can also get the app to pick a price for you. Boost's effort is the latest in a string of cryptocurrency-aligned competitions: There's a puzzle game which lets you win one BTC if you can successfully crack it.  Surely investing in cryptocurrencies is already enough of a game? [h/t CNET ] WATCH: It's so easy to save money and eat healthy with zero-waste cooking


Death toll rises to 14 in Mexico helicopter crash
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:28:41 -0500

Death toll rises to 14 in Mexico helicopter crashThe death toll from a helicopter crash that followed a strong earthquake in southern Mexico rose to 14 Sunday, as the defense minister said the government assumed full responsibility. The tragedy struck Friday night as a military helicopter flew the interior minister and other officials to an area near the epicenter of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that shook Mexico earlier that evening. Inside the helicopter, Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca state Governor Alejandro Murat were unharmed.


Woman who pleaded guilty over fiance's kayaking death now argues she was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:53:00 -0500

Woman who pleaded guilty over fiance's kayaking death now argues she was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’A woman who pleaded guilty over her fiance’s kayaking death has argued that she was in “the wrong place at the wrong time” when he drowned in rough waters after plunging overboard. “I was in danger, too, just as much as he was.


Saudi Arabia welcomes push for U.N. action against Iran on missiles
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:02:21 -0500

Saudi Arabia welcomes push for U.N. action against Iran on missilesBy Andrea Shalal MUNICH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Sunday welcomed a draft United Nations resolution offered by Britain, the United States and France that would condemn Iran for failing to stop its ballistic missiles from falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Reuters the measure, if passed, would help hold Iran accountable for what he described as its "exports of ballistic missiles" to the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, and "radical and aggressive" behavior in the region, including support for terrorist groups.


Gay Olympian Feels Bad Adam Rippon Is Dealing With Anti-LGBTQ Politics
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:11:19 -0500

Gay Olympian Feels Bad Adam Rippon Is Dealing With Anti-LGBTQ PoliticsAs the first two publicly out gay men to win medals at the Winter Olympics, figure skaters Eric Radford and Adam Rippon have broken barriers and established legacies that will extend beyond the ice rink.


Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across Britain
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:51:05 -0500

Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across BritainLONDON (AP) — Fast-food fans were in a flutter Monday after most of the 900 KFC outlets in the U.K. and Ireland were forced to close because of a shortage of chicken.


Florida students to march on Washington in call for gun reform
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:11:54 -0500

Florida students to march on Washington in call for gun reformStudents who survived a mass shooting at their Florida school on Sunday announced plans to march on Washington in a bid to "shame" politicians into reforming laws that make firearms readily available. Nikolas Cruz, 19, a troubled former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, confessed to killing 17 people with a legally-purchased AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, the latest such atrocity in a country with more than 30,000 gun-related deaths annually. Among the students announcing the march was Emma Gonzalez, who captured worldwide attention with a powerful speech in which she assailed President Donald Trump over the multi-million-dollar support his campaign received from the gun lobby.


Olympic Analyst Laments Hockey Player's 'Unfortunate' Domestic Abuse Incident
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:03:45 -0500

Olympic Analyst Laments Hockey Player's 'Unfortunate' Domestic Abuse IncidentNHL analyst Mike Milbury referred to one hockey player’s domestic abuse conviction as an “unfortunate incident,” as he offered commentary for NBC’s coverage of the men’s match between Team USA and the Olympics Athletes from Russia on Saturday.


Zimbabwe president sees deceased opposition leader's family
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:27:14 -0500

Zimbabwe president sees deceased opposition leader's familyHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president Sunday visited the home of deceased opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to pay condolences to his family and to urge unity as power struggles within the opposition have heightened tensions.


This thread about women saying 'I think' will make you re-think your work communication
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:21:48 -0500

This thread about women saying 'I think' will make you re-think your work communicationWomen have a lot to contend with in the workplace.  If they're not getting mansplained, hepeated, or harassed, they're being told they need to think, talk, and act like men.  But, this Twitter thread by a software engineer has turned on its head the notion that men's workplace communication style is the example to follow. In fact, after reading this Twitter thread, men might consider communicating a bit more like women. SEE ALSO: 'Hepeating' is the new 'mansplaining' and it's definitely happened to you April Wensel—founder of software development company Compassionate Coding—wrote that women are "often told to avoid 'weak' language like 'I think,'" but that she found that, in reality, saying "I think" is "often more accurate."  "I find it more troubling when people state their opinion as if it's an undisputed fact," wrote Wensel. "We don't need to fix women; we need to appreciate what they're doing already." Women are often told to avoid "weak" language like "I think," but the truth is it's often more accurate. I find it more troubling when people state their opinion as if it's an undisputed fact.We don't need to fix women; we need to appreciate what they're already doing. — April Wensel (@aprilwensel) February 16, 2018 She wrote that she's heard countless male (and even female) engineers make declarative statements like "That won't work" or "That won't break," which were subsequently proved wrong.   "Honest, accurate communication is not weak; it's more effective!" she added.  I can't tell you how many times I've heard male engineers (and women who follow the aforementioned problematic advice) say, "That won't work" or "That won't break," and sure enough…Honest, accurate communication is not weak; it's more effective! — April Wensel (@aprilwensel) February 16, 2018 She said she had "a running bit of banter" with a male engineer she worked with, who loved to say "I'm 100% sure." "Let's just say his accuracy rate was not the same as his confidence level," she wrote.  I had a running bit of banter with one male engineer coworker because he loved saying, "I'm 100% sure," and let's just say his accuracy rate was not the same as his confidence level. — April Wensel (@aprilwensel) February 16, 2018 Honesty is always the best policy.  WATCH: It's so easy to save money and eat healthy with zero-waste cooking


Government urges councils to waive road closure charges for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:01:00 -0500

Government urges councils to waive road closure charges for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's weddingThe government is urging councils to waive their charges for road closures on May 19, in the hopes of encouraging Britain to celebrate the Royal wedding with thousands of street parties. The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will fall on a Saturday, the same day as the FA Cup final, with leaders hoping the mood of celebration will buoy the public. They today launch a “handy guide” to throwing a street party, reminding keen organisers to get in touch with local councils in good time to plan road closures and insurance. Information from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government States: “Many councils, from Bromley to Salford, have already announced that they are waiving charges for street party road closures, making it easier and cheaper than ever to hold celebrations. “The government is urging other councils to follow suit.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011 saw bank holiday street parties held throughout Britain, including on Downing Street. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Cardiff, in pictures There will be no extra day off for the marriage of Prince Harry, fifth-in-Line to the throne, and Meghan Markle, who wed at Windsor Castle on May 19 before taking a carriage ride around the town to greet those who have turned up to see them. Chris Gittins, who runs streetparty.org.uk, said the celebrations will show a “fantastic part of British culture", adding: “It's a rare excuse to meet neighbours really, a traditional excuse to meet neighbours in a relaxed atmosphere.” Guy Oliver, from the Old Barn Inn in Glooston, said they would be throwing a street party to encourage people to “come together in a community”. "It'll be a few union jacks and we're going to serve food to everyone's taste,” he said. Sandra Hastings, founder of Newcastle-based charity Silverline Memories which helps those with dementia, said she is planning a “good old-fashioned party with bunting, and red white and blue balloons, and trestle tables with tonnes of homemade food". "At our charity we provide people with the opportunity to do things they wouldn't have done otherwise, and take any excuse for a knees up,” she said. Jake Berry MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State said: “We’ve made it easier than ever for local residents from all backgrounds to come together to celebrate the royalwedding and we hope councils will get into the spirit by helping people wishing to organise street parties. “With the FA Cup final taking place on the same day, there's never been a better reason to hold a street party and our updated guidance makes clear the steps residents need to take to ensure an enjoyable and safe day is had by all.”


Hunt for gunman who 'killed girl aged 4'
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:11:59 -0500

Hunt for gunman who 'killed girl aged 4'A police manhunt is under way in the US after a gunman shot and killed a four-year-old girl in a car. The child’s grandmother and three siblings, aged 7, 6, and 3, were sitting with her in the vehicle but were not hurt. A murder warrant has been issued for the arrest of the suspect, Darnell Bitting, who police described as “armed and dangerous”.


U.N. council mulls condemning Iran over Yemen's Houthis' getting missiles
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:51:16 -0500

U.N. council mulls condemning Iran over Yemen's Houthis' getting missilesBy Michelle Nichols (Reuters) - - Britain, the United States and France want the United Nations Security Council to condemn Iran for failing to stop its ballistic missiles from falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group and commit to take action over the sanctions violations, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Saturday. The draft text to renew U.N. sanctions on Yemen for another year would also allow the 15-member council to impose targeted sanctions for “any activity related to the use of ballistic missiles in Yemen.” Britain drafted the resolution in consultation with the United States and France before giving it to the full council on Friday, diplomats said.


These Are the 5 Best Glock Handguns on the Market
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:50:00 -0500

These Are the 5 Best Glock Handguns on the MarketThe Glock 17 handgun shook up the gun industry in a big way. Gaston Glock’s polymer pistol masterpiece, with its emphasis on ruggedness and reliability, swept the military and law-enforcement world and conquered the civilian market. Slowly, the company has introduced new handguns, all based on the original design, to compete in virtually every niche of the handgun market, from large-bore semiautomatics to discreet concealed carry.


Parents Capture Last Time Young Daughter With 'Childhood Alzheimer's' Says 'I Love You'
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:27:52 -0500

Parents Capture Last Time Young Daughter With 'Childhood Alzheimer's' Says 'I Love You'They didn't know it would be the last time.


Trump fumes about Russia investigation as nation mourns
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:12:20 -0500

Trump fumes about Russia investigation as nation mournsWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As the nation mourned, President Donald Trump kept largely silent about the Florida school shooting victims and the escalating gun control debate, instead raging at the FBI for what he perceived to be a fixation on the Russia investigation at the cost of failing to deter the attack.


Black Hockey Player Taunted With Racist Chant In Chicago
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:20:55 -0500

Black Hockey Player Taunted With Racist Chant In ChicagoWashington Capitals hockey player Devante Smith-Pelly blasted the “disgusting” racist chant directed at him during an NHL game in Chicago Saturday night that led to the ejection of several fans.


Carnival investigates "cruise from hell"
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:30:46 -0500

Carnival investigates "cruise from hell"Carnival has launched an investigation into a wild brawl off the Australian coast, that saw 23 passengers kicked off a cruise. Some on board accuse security of being heavy handed. Joel Labi reports.


5 Buildings That Show the Power of Modernist Architecture
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0500

5 Buildings That Show the Power of Modernist Architecture



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