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Steven Mnuchin Reportedly Under Investigation For Costly Travel
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:27:09 -0400

Steven Mnuchin Reportedly Under Investigation For Costly TravelTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is facing scrutiny from department investigators for using a government jet to travel from New York City to Washington, D.C., sources told ABC News.


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.


New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 23:58:12 -0400

New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery MexicoMEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, killing at least two people, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge, and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes that together have killed more than 400 people.


'Free Speech Week' At Berkeley Is A Mess
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:24:37 -0400

'Free Speech Week' At Berkeley Is A MessA spokesman for disgraced right-wing troll Milo Yiannopoulos says the “Free Speech Week” rally he organized this week at University of California, Berkeley, is going ahead as scheduled, even though multiple sources involved in the planning say otherwise.


Companies Look to Bridge U.S. ‘Middle Skills’ Gap
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:16:56 -0400

Companies Look to Bridge U.S. ‘Middle Skills’ GapCompanies like Toyota, Boeing, General Motors and Dow Chemical are all starting or expanding specialized job training programs to bridge the gap in technical skills for "middle skills jobs."


Kim Jong-un, the NFL and 'screaming at senators': Trump's Strange night in Alabama
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 05:21:12 -0400

Kim Jong-un, the NFL and 'screaming at senators': Trump's Strange night in AlabamaDonald Trump gave one of his signature stream of consciousness speeches in Hunstville on Friday night as he tried to get out the vote for embattled Alabama Republican senator Luther Strange. During an address inside the Wernher Von Braun Center that lasted an hour and 20 minutes, the president called North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un “Little Rocket Man”, said NFL owners should cut players who kneel for the national anthem and returned to familiar targets like John McCain and Hillary Clinton.


Marriott refuses to cancel conference booking by anti-Muslim hate group
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:50:41 -0400

Marriott refuses to cancel conference booking by anti-Muslim hate groupThe Marriot hotel group are refusing to cancel an event organised by one of the largest anti-Muslim groups in America. ACT for America was launched as a response to the 9/11 attacks and it has been accused of existing “to advance anti-Muslim legislation and spread hate speech,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group, which claims to have 750,000 members and 1,000 volunteer groups, is holding its national two-day conference on 2 October in Arlington, Virginia, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway hotel.


Red faces as Russia's Kalashnikov monument shows Nazi gun
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:48:25 -0400

Red faces as Russia's Kalashnikov monument shows Nazi gunWorkers in Moscow have erased the illustration of a gun from a freshly-inaugurated monument of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the legendary AK-47 assault rifle, after it was found that the drawing was of a Nazi weapon. The sculptor, Salavat Shtsherbakoff, has acknowledged his mistake," the state-supported Russian Military History Society, which backed the monument, told TASS news agency Friday. The erroneous drawing was of an StG44 -- for Sturmgewehr (Storm Rifle), a name reputedly conferred by Hitler himself.


Is Now the Time to Launch a Preemptive Military Strike on North Korea?
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 07:57:00 -0400

Is Now the Time to Launch a Preemptive Military Strike on North Korea?Polls indicate that a majority of the American population is supportive of military action against North Korea. As tensions with North Korea rise to dangerous levels, there are voices in the Congress starting to call for a preemptive military strike on the regime in Pyongyang. Indeed, polls indicate that a majority of the American population is supportive of military action against North Korea.


Dog Hoards Money So She Can Pay For Treats Herself
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:06:20 -0400

Dog Hoards Money So She Can Pay For Treats HerselfHolly the dog doesn’t beg for treats — she pays for them.


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.


Man convicted in kidnap, rape, murder of nursing student
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:10:36 -0400

Man convicted in kidnap, rape, murder of nursing studentSAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man was convicted Friday of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 20-year-old nursing student who disappeared from her home six years ago.


Walmart Wants To Stick Groceries In Your Refrigerator While You're Away
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:07:34 -0400

Walmart Wants To Stick Groceries In Your Refrigerator While You're AwayWalmart is one of the most familiar brands in America, but are you ready to give them access to your home?


India, at U.N., calls Pakistan 'pre-eminent export factory for terror'
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:37:12 -0400

India, at U.N., calls Pakistan 'pre-eminent export factory for terror'By David Brunnstrom UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - India responded with irritation on Saturday to Pakistani allegations of brutality in Kashmir, saying that while India had made substantial progress since independence, all Pakistan had achieved was a reputation as the "pre-eminent export factory for terror." Addressing the annual United Nations General Assembly, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj rejected allegations by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the world body earlier in the week in which he accused India of state-sponsored terrorism, and violating human rights. "Those listening had only one observation: 'Look who's talking!'," Swaraj said.


Twitter Claps Back At Trump 'Withdrawing' Steph Curry's White House Invite
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:42:59 -0400

Twitter Claps Back At Trump 'Withdrawing' Steph Curry's White House InviteTwitter had no patience for President Donald Trump’s tweets this weekend.


Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:28:54 -0400

Puerto Rico after Hurricane MariaPeople across Puerto Rico struggled to dig out from the devastation left by Hurricane Maria.


War of words between President Trump, Kim Jong-Un escalates
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:17:47 -0400

War of words between President Trump, Kim Jong-Un escalatesFormer Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright and New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos discuss the North Korea threat on "This Week."


Kirkuk residents stock up ahead of Kurdish referendum
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:18:37 -0400

Kirkuk residents stock up ahead of Kurdish referendumResidents of the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk north of Baghdad were stocking up with supplies on Saturday ahead of the planned controversial referendum on independence for Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region. People in the city fear the situation could deteriorate if the plebiscite set for Monday goes ahead, as the oil-rich province is disputed between the federal government in Baghdad and the regional government in Arbil. Iraq's government has called the referendum unconstitutional, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi rejecting it, "whether today or in the future".


German election 2017: Polls and odds tracker as Merkel seeks fourth term as Chancellor 
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:03:27 -0400

German election 2017: Polls and odds tracker as Merkel seeks fourth term 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.


Nashville church shooting: 'One dead and seven wounded' in incident at Tennessee chapel
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:56:00 -0400

Nashville church shooting: 'One dead and seven wounded' in incident at Tennessee chapelOne person was killed and seven others were wounded after a gunman open fired at a church in Antioch, Tennessee, according to a local police department's Twitter account. The gunman shot and killed one woman in the parking lot as the church service was ending. All six patients are adults, the Tennessean reported.



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