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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.


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


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.


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.


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...


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.


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 chats to Vladimir Putin for third time in six weeks, as internal battles over Russia policy are exposed
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:53:21 -0500

Donald Trump chats to Vladimir Putin for third time in six weeks, as internal battles over Russia policy are exposedDonald Trump has conversed with Vladimir Putin for the third time in six weeks as the confusion at the heart of his administration over Russian policy was revealed in a report. The US president said the call was primarily about getting Russia’s co-operation on North Korea but added that Mr Putin made some “very nice” comments about his time in office.  It came as The Washington Post published a 7,000-word expose on the internal battles over Mr Trump’s Russia policy in the last year.  The paper reported that Mr Trump’s refusal to endorse the intelligence agencies' view that Russia hacked the election had undermined attempts to retaliate.  It said that some officials downplay information about Russia in intelligence briefings with the president for fear of triggering his ire.  Some aides have even adopted a “don’t walk that last 5 ½ feet” position, meaning do not enter the Oval Office amid fears Mr Trump could “erupt” or “overrule” decisions, it was reported.  Speaking to reporters on Friday, Mr Trump again dubbed claims  he colluded with the Russians a “hoax” and said he wanted to “get back to running the country”.  The president also declined to rule out pardoning Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser charged with lying to the FBI over his conversations with the Russian ambassador.  Mr Trump called Mr Putin, the Russian prime minister, on Thursday to thank him for “acknowledging America’s strong economic performance” at a press conference.  It is the latest in a string of recent chats, including meeting in Asia in early November and discussing Syria in a lengthy call later that month.  Mr Trump’s first year in office has been overshadowed by questions about his campaign’s links to Russia, which are being looked into as part of an investigation into the country’s election meddling.  Since taking office, Mr Trump has made a series of contrasting comments about whether he believes the Russians were involved in disrupting last year’s election – as America's intelligence agencies have concluded.  In a lengthy piece based on interviews with more than 50 current and former US officials, The Washington Post revealed tensions at the very top of the administration over Russia. There has been no cabinet-level meeting on Russian interference or how to hit back since Mr Trump took office, the paper reported, despite the seriousness of the accusations.  The targeting of the election was estimated to have cost the Russians just $500,000 (£375,000), according to estimates quoted in the report.  One unnamed source told the paper that if you mention Russian interference in Mr Trump’s daily intelligence briefing it goes “off the rails”. There has also been a battle over whether to return to Russian compounds in America that the US government seized as a punishment under Barack Obama.  Mr Trump’s supporters note that he has signed legislation bringing in new sanctions on Moscow and closed three Russian diplomatic facilities as proof he has not gone easy on the country.  Asked about his call to Mr Putin, Mr Trump said on Friday: “We would love to have his help on North Korea.  China is helping. Russia is not helping."  Asked if he would pardon Mr Flynn, Mr Trump said: "I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet. We'll see what happens.”


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.



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