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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.”


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.


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?


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.


Billionaire and His Wife Found Dead in Toronto Mansion
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:16:51 -0500

Billionaire and His Wife Found Dead in Toronto MansionBarry Sherman founded the pharmaceutical company Apotex


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.


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.


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.


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


Rep. Adam Schiff Warns Of GOP Plans To Shutter House's Russia Probe
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:01:59 -0500

Rep. Adam Schiff Warns Of GOP Plans To Shutter House's Russia ProbeRepublicans on the House Intelligence Committee may be looking to prematurely shutter the committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a ranking Democrat warned Friday.


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.


Missing From Amazon's Search For A Second Home: The Climate Effects
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:45:18 -0500

Missing From Amazon's Search For A Second Home: The Climate EffectsWhen Amazon kicked off a bidding war for its second North American headquarters in September, the company laid out a vision of its perfect suitor.


Thomas Fire third largest in California history
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:02:30 -0500

Thomas Fire third largest in California historyThe blaze has scorched more than 259,000 acres -- now bigger than the size of New York City -- and more than 93,000 residents have evacuated since the wildfire started nearly two weeks ago.


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.


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...


Jamie Oliver Says He'd Do This Disgusting Thing If He Had To Cook For Donald Trump
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:11:43 -0500

Jamie Oliver Says He'd Do This Disgusting Thing If He Had To Cook For Donald TrumpJamie Oliver isn’t planning on cooking a meal for President Donald Trump anytime soon.


UN 'shocked and appalled' at mass-execution in Iraq
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:57:00 -0500

UN 'shocked and appalled' at mass-execution in IraqThe UN on Friday harshly criticised the mass-hanging of 38 men at a prison in southern Iraq this week, urging Baghdad to immediately halt all executions. Iraq on Thursday hanged 38 jihadists belonging to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda for terrorism offences at a prison in the southern city of Nasiriyah, according to provincial authorities. It was the largest number of executions in Iraq on a single day since September 25, when 42 people were put to death in the same prison.


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"


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.


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.


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.


Carrie Fisher’s final performance is Now on the Big Screen
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:09:07 -0500

Carrie Fisher’s final performance is Now on the Big ScreenFisher’s force is strong as she gives her final performance "Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” playing the role that made her a star.


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.


Battle lines drawn for South Africa's ANC on eve of leadership vote
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:58:38 -0500

Battle lines drawn for South Africa's ANC on eve of leadership voteBy Alexander Winning and Mfuneko Toyana JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's ruler since the end of apartheid, faces perhaps the most pivotal few days in its recent history when it meets over the weekend to choose a successor to Jacob Zuma as party leader. The ANC's electoral dominance means whoever wins the job is likely to become South Africa's next president. Economic growth in Africa's traditional powerhouse has been lethargic over the last six years and the jobless rate stands near record levels.


Mario Batali Apologizes For Sexual Harassment With Cinnamon Rolls
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:03:25 -0500

Mario Batali Apologizes For Sexual Harassment With Cinnamon RollsMario Batali, the former host of “The Chew” who stands accused of sexual misconduct, issued an apology to fans on Friday through his newsletter and inexplicably ended it with a recipe for cinnamon rolls.


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.


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)


Joanna Gaines on What Really Happened on Her Snowy Magnolia Cover Shoot: 'I Was Slowly Sinking'
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:12:24 -0500

Joanna Gaines on What Really Happened on Her Snowy Magnolia Cover Shoot: 'I Was Slowly Sinking'PLUS: See the larger-than-life birthday present Cardi B got fiancé Offset for his 26th birthday blowout


Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:38:13 -0500

Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacyCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian inquiry into child abuse recommended Friday that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional.


Fox News Women Furious Over Rupert Murdoch Comments On Sexual Misconduct
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:41:28 -0500

Fox News Women Furious Over Rupert Murdoch Comments On Sexual MisconductCurrent and former female Fox News employees say they are stunned, disgusted and “hungry for justice” after media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Thursday dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct at the network as “nonsense” outside of a few “isolated incidents” with former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.


This Is the Navy's Master Plan to Kill China's Aircraft Carriers
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:45:00 -0500

This Is the Navy's Master Plan to Kill China's Aircraft CarriersFortress China is festooned with airfields and mobile antiship weaponry able to strike hundreds of miles out to sea. Yes, the U.S. Navy remains stronger than the PLA Navy in open-sea battle. Ah, yes, the “carrier-killer.” China is forever touting the array of guided missiles its weaponeers have devised to pummel U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs).


Barack Obama Dressed Up As Too-Cool-For-School Santa For His Latest Appearance
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:56:14 -0500

Barack Obama Dressed Up As Too-Cool-For-School Santa For His Latest AppearanceThe former president dropped by a Boys & Girls Club branch in D.C. in a statement outfit — with a festive touch.


Catalan election to return hung parliament: poll
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:37:04 -0500

Catalan election to return hung parliament: pollBy Sonya Dowsett MADRID (Reuters) - An election in Catalonia will fail to conclusively resolve a political crisis over an independence drive in the region, the final surveys before the Dec. 21 vote showed on Friday. The ballot will result in a hung parliament, a Metroscopia poll showed, with parties favoring unity with Spain tipped to gain a maximum of 62 seats and pro-secession factions 63, both short of a majority in the region's 135-seat legislature. Spain's worst political crisis since its transition to democracy four decades ago erupted in October, when Madrid cracked down on an independence referendum it had declared illegal and took control of the wealthy northeastern region.


The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:56:57 -0500

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This WeekKids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways.


Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Finalists Include Dancing Kangaroo and Church-Going Penguins
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:46:36 -0500

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Finalists Include Dancing Kangaroo and Church-Going PenguinsIt was quite a lineup of hilarious animal photos this year.


Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump From Rolling Back Birth Control Coverage
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:01:37 -0500

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump From Rolling Back Birth Control CoverageBREAKING: Pennsylvania won a nationwide injunction stopping President Trump’s order that eliminated women’s guaranteed access to contraceptive care.


Unilever selling margarines for 6.8 bn euros to US giant KKR
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:27:35 -0500

Unilever selling margarines for 6.8 bn euros to US giant KKRAnglo-Dutch food and consumer giant Unilever said Friday it had reached a 6.8-billion-euro ($8-billion) deal with US private equity giant KKR to sell its margarines business. Unilever "has received a binding offer from KKR to purchase its global spreads business for 6.825 billion euros on a cash-free, debt-free basis," the company said in a statement. After spurning a takeover by US rival Kraft Heinz earlier this year, Unilever announced in April it would spin-off its margarines, which include such brands as Flora, Blue Band and Rama, as part of a restructuring plan.


Man charged in shooting of cops saved by bulletproof vests
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:43:31 -0500

Man charged in shooting of cops saved by bulletproof vestsST. LOUIS (AP) — A 37-year-old man was charged Friday in the shooting of two suburban St. Louis police officers who were saved by their bulletproof vests.


These Schools Get Millions Of Tax Dollars To Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:03:43 -0500

These Schools Get Millions Of Tax Dollars To Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students― Sunnie Kahle used to think that if she promised to be good, she could go back to her old school.


Beijing Can’t Understand Taiwan’s Democracy
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:01:11 -0500

Beijing Can’t Understand Taiwan’s DemocracyThe Communist Party is baffled — and angered — by the new activism across the straits.


Barack Obama dons Santa hat to deliver Christmas presents to children
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:29:00 -0500

Barack Obama dons Santa hat to deliver Christmas presents to childrenFormer President Obama now has a new title - and it’s Santa Claus. Showing off his holiday spirit on Thursday, Barack Obama proved he makes a pretty cool Father Christmas when he donned a leather jacket and a Santa hat during a visit to the Boys & Girls Club in Washington, DC. Visiting 50 middle school students at the Jelleff Club in Northeast Washington, the former president looked full of Christmas joy as he laughed and posed with the students.


EU gives itself June deadline for deal on refugees
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:13:41 -0500

EU gives itself June deadline for deal on refugeesBy Gabriela Baczynska and Robert Muller BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders appealed for unity in a last-ditch effort to break their deadlock on sharing out refugees by June, telling reluctant eastern states they could otherwise be outvoted on a dispute that has shaken the bloc's foundations. Coming out from a fraught discussion among 28 EU leaders that went into the small hours on Friday morning in Brussels, rivals in the two-year-old dispute all stuck to their guns, hemmed in by expectations they have raised with their own voters. The Mediterranean frontline states Italy and Greece, and the rich destination countries including Germany, Sweden, Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands are demanding that all countries host some refugees as a way to demonstrate solidarity.


'All Dogs Can Smell Marijuana, But Only A Few Of Them Are Snitches'
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:22:41 -0500

'All Dogs Can Smell Marijuana, But Only A Few Of Them Are Snitches'Separated from their cellphones, standing under running water often allows people’s minds to run free.


From Wrapping Gifts to Stringing Lights, Easy Christmas Hacks to Help You During the Holiday Season
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:42:05 -0500

From Wrapping Gifts to Stringing Lights, Easy Christmas Hacks to Help You During the Holiday SeasonLifestyle expert Erika Katz shows how the holiday madness can be simplified.


63 Percent Of Americans Believe Donald Trump Tried To Obstruct Russia Probe
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 23:36:43 -0500

63 Percent Of Americans Believe Donald Trump Tried To Obstruct Russia ProbeA new poll has found that 63 percent of Americans believe President Donald Trump has tried to “impede or obstruct” the investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. election and possible links between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin.


Islamic State: What happened to all the foreign fighters?
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:39:41 -0500

Islamic State: What happened to all the foreign fighters?An estimated 40,000 people traveled from around the world to take up arms for the Islamic State group as it occupied territory in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate in 2014. How many have gone elsewhere to fight?" said Seth Jones, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the Rand Corporation. International counterterror groups are putting huge efforts into answering those questions, working hard to name, count and track IS foreign fighters.


Cautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuana
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:25:55 -0500

Cautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuanaMANCHACA, Texas (AP) — When California rings in the new year with the sale of recreational pot for the first time, Texas will be tiptoeing into its own marijuana milestone: a medical cannabis program so restrictive that doubts swirl over who will even use it.


Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos Share Adorable 'Kid Approved' Holiday Family Photo
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:30:50 -0500

Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos Share Adorable 'Kid Approved' Holiday Family PhotoHappy holidays from the Consuelos clan!


Uber Driver Accused of Raping 16-Year-Old Passenger
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:58:36 -0500

Uber Driver Accused of Raping 16-Year-Old PassengerPolice fear there may be other victims



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