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  • Progressive Groups Want Doug Jones To Throw Caution To The Wind

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    Through a unique confluence of events, Democrat Doug Jones managed to defy the deeply Republican leanings of Alabama and win a special election on Tuesday to represent the state in the Senate.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:03:39 -0500
  • Wisconsin father gets 6 months in jail after beating 2-month-old daughter, breaking bones

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    A Wisconsin father has been sentenced to six months in jail for beating his 2-month-old daughter, breaking her bones and causing bleeding in her brain.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:22:59 -0500
  • NBC WSJ Poll: Democratic favorability highest since 2008

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    In a new poll from NBC News/Wall Street Journal, President Trump's approval sits at the lowest level for any president at this point in time.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:10:00 -0500
  • Sandy Hook Mom Slams Trump For Partying With NRA Head On Massacre Anniversary

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    The mother of one of the 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012 slammed President Donald Trump on Sunday for his “appalling lack of humanity and decency.”

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:33:50 -0500
  • Mystery swirls around powerful North Korea official as Hwang Pyong-so remains missing

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    A North Korean official widely deemed as the nation’s second most powerful figure has been missing for some time, raising speculation that he has been executed.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:55:35 -0500
  • Amid Sexual Harassment Probe, Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen Won't Seek Re-Election

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    Democratic Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen said on Saturday he won’t seek re-election in 2018 just one day after the House Ethics Committee said it would investigate allegations of sexual harassment from two women.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:18:17 -0500
  • Manchin: 'I wanted to be more involved' in crafting tax bill

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    Sen. Joe Manchin tells Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview that he believes Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) convinced the president to pursue a partisan strategy to pass the tax bill, rather than work with Democrats.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:32:19 -0500
  • Winds fuel California wildfire, state's third-largest on record

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A raging California wildfire on Saturday became the state's third-largest on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly blaze since the beginning of the month. The so-called Thomas Fire has destroyed more than 1,000 structures, including about 750 homes, in Southern California coastal communities since erupting on Dec. 4, the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement. Authorities described the current conditions, including returning winds and extremely low humidity, as "critical fire weather." Coastal Santa Barbara and more sparsely populated inland areas were of special concern, they said.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:25:15 -0500
  • The Latest: Electricity fully restored at Atlanta airport

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    ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (all times local):

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:33:52 -0500
  • Senator John McCain will return to Arizona early for Christmas and miss tax vote

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    Republican Senator John McCain will reportedly head back to Arizona this week to continue recovering from the side effects of chemotherapy for a brain tumour, meaning he will miss the vote on his party’s tax bill. The Arizona Republican is unlikely to return to Washington this year, CNN reported. Mr McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, confirmed that her father would be in Arizona for Christmas.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 19:18:01 -0500
  • 93-Year-Old Woman Spends 2 Nights In Jail After Eviction From Senior Housing

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    Florida authorities released an elderly woman from jail on Thursday, after police arrested her when she allegedly refused to leave her home in a senior housing community after being evicted.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:58:37 -0500
  • Seven words banned at the CDC, with apologies to George Carlin

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    After the White House sent the CDC a list of words that shouldn't appear in any budget documents, Chuck Todd channels his inner George Carlin.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 02:03:44 -0500
  • Texas Senator Challenges Legitimacy Of Mueller Probe As Push For Firing Continues

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    Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) slammed former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in a tweet, and indicated that special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings on possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign will only be “legitimate” if Republicans like his findings.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:20:31 -0500
  • Bones, teeth, skulls and a finger - Vatican issues new rules forbidding the trade of saints' relics

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    They range from the finger of “doubting” St Thomas to the head of St Catherine of Siena, but holy relics must on no account be traded or sold, the Vatican has decreed. The Holy See issued new guidelines for the preservation and display of saints’ relics, which once fueled a thriving trade in the Middle Ages, with bits of skin, hair, teeth and organs exchanged between abbeys and monasteries. Websites and religious artefact shops offer saintly remains, sometimes of dubious provenance, for sale to devotees. Ebay is full of such items, including an “antique brass case with the relics of three French missionaries killed in Vietnam” and an “ornate case with a relic of St Mary Magdalene dei Pazzi, an Italian nun.” Visitors admire the Holy Shroud, the 14ft-long linen revered by some as the burial cloth of Jesus, on display at the Cathedral of Turin. Credit: AP One Catholic wrote on the online auction site: “Many good, faithful Catholics are buying relics on Ebay. Unfortunately,opportunity gives way to some unscrupulous sellers who deal in fakes,  forgeries and unbelievable overpricing of relics and so it is buyer beware.” Such practises must not be tolerated, the Holy See said. “The trade and sale of relics is absolutely prohibited,” the Congregation for the Causes of Saints decreed in a lengthy set of guidelines for dioceses throughout the Catholic world. Nor can relics be displayed “in unauthorised or profane places” or used in sacrilegious rituals, ruled the department, which oversees the beatification and canonisation of worthy Catholics. The dismemberment of a saint’s body is also strictly prohibited without the Vatican’s permission, the office said. Nuns place on the altar the relics of five new saints during an open-air canonization ceremony led by Pope Benedict XVI, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, in 2009. Credit: AP Churches and basilica, many of them in Italy and the Holy Land, are custodians of a range of grisly relics, including the tongue of St Anthony of Padua, the body of St Mark and blood from St Januarius, the patron saint of Naples, who was martyred in the fourth century AD. Known as San Gennaro in Italian, he is revered by many Neapolitans, with a ceremony held three times a year in which a vial of his congealed blood “miraculously” liquefies. One of the most famous relics in the world is the Shroud of Turin, a frayed length of cloth in which Christ is believed to have been buried after his crucifixion, while the purported skull of St Valentine is kept in an ancient church close to the Circus Maximus in Rome. The relics can be displayed in holy places only if they carry  a certificate attesting to their authenticity, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints said.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:06:21 -0500
  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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    The boss is in the house.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:45:00 -0500
  • More Than 300 Passengers Get Nasty Stomach Bug On Royal Caribbean Cruise

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    More than 300 people on a Royal Caribbean cruise fell ill with a nasty gastrointestinal sickness that included bouts of vomiting and diarrhea.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 03:44:14 -0500
  • Chile Has Elected Former President Sebastian Pinera in a Return to the Right

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    The former airline magnate previously governed Chile from 2010 to 2014

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 22:02:38 -0500
  • End of days comes for Ohio man's 'zombie Nativity' scene

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A ghoulish holiday tradition outside of Cincinnati will soon come to a close after an Ohio man said he won't put up his "zombie Nativity" scene after this year.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:55:41 -0500
  • British embassy worker found murdered in Lebanon: official

    A British woman employed at the UK embassy in Lebanon has been found murdered, a senior official said Sunday, adding that the crime did not appear to be political. According to her social media profiles, she was employed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:08:42 -0500
  • Children serenade pope on 81st birthday; he appeals for kidnapped nuns

    Tens of thousands of people, many of them children, serenaded Pope Francis on his 81st birthday on Sunday, as the pontiff appealed for the release of Catholic nuns kidnapped last month in Nigeria. The crowd sang Happy Birthday in Italian as the pontiff appeared at the window of the Apostolic Palace overlooking St. Peter's Square for his weekly message and blessing. The first Latin American pope was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on Dec. 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:04:34 -0500
  • This Cat Named D-O-G Helps Train Pups To Be Service Dogs

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    Not many cats get to have a career as a dog trainer, but one Missouri feline is doing just that.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:12:22 -0500
  • Trump Supporters Are Stepping Up Their Attacks On Bob Mueller And The FBI

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    WASHINGTON ― As the special counsel investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election draws closer to President Donald Trump’s inner circle, the president’s supporters have launched an aggressive effort to undermine Robert Mueller and the legitimacy of the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, painting the FBI as a hotbed of liberal activists bent on taking Trump down.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:37:42 -0500
  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte backs same-sex marriage

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    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared himself in favour of same-sex marriage in an about turn that will put him on a collision course with the country's powerful Catholic Church. Speaking at the weekend at a gathering of the LGBT community in his home city of Davao, southern Philippines, he vowed to protect their rights and invited them to nominate a representative to work in his government. "I am for (same) sex marriage if that is the trend of modern times," he said. "If that will add to your happiness, I am for it." Mr Duterte was quoted previously in the local media as opposing same-sex marriage, using the gender issue to attack liberal Western countries who allow it, especially those criticising his brutal war against drugs which has killed thousands of Filipino citizens. Profile | Rodrigo Duterte But according to the local Inquirer, Mr Duterte dramatically backtracked from earlier remarks in his latest speech, revealing that he had gay family members and joking that he once toyed with the idea of being bisexual. "Why impose a morality that is no longer working and almost passe," he said, adding that "there will be no oppression" during his term in office and that his government would recognise the LGBT community's "importance in society". His shift will put him at odds with the Catholic Church who have already strongly criticised his bloody crackdown on drugs. The country's powerful bishops earlier this year voiced concern about any moves to legalise same-sex unions. While most Western countries have legalised same-sex marriage, with Australia being the latest to do so, the LGBT community still faces widespread discrimination across Asia. Only Vietnam and Taiwan have made progress towards marriage equality but have yet to enshrine the right to marry a member of the same sex in law.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:19:20 -0500
  • Russia and NATO: Headed for a Missile Arms Race in Europe?

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    The NATO alliance is urging Moscow to return to compliance with the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces bilateral U.S.-Russia treaty, which bans land-based missiles that have ranges between 500km and 5,500km. “Allies have identified a Russian missile system that raises serious concerns,” reads a statement from the alliance.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:36:00 -0500
  • Relief, Bitterness And Frustration: Another Year Of Obamacare Enrollment

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    Since the first open enrollment period for the Obamacare exchanges began in the fall of 2013, these health insurance markets have been a godsend, a disaster or something in between for consumers.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:00:30 -0500
  • U.S. Soldier Ambushed in Niger Wasn't Captured

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    Sgt. La David T. Johnson wasn't captured alive or executed at close range

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:02:48 -0500
  • China hails Spain court's approval of Taiwanese extradition

    BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday welcomed a Spanish court's decision to grant Beijing's request for the extradition of 121 Taiwanese nationals to China, a move that has drawn criticism from Taiwan, a self-ruled island.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:19:38 -0500
  • Montecito's misery: Ash rains in California wildfire battle

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    Ash rained down Saturday on the dry hills and multi-million-dollar homes of Montecito, where firefighters chased spot blazes fanned by winds in one of California's largest wildfires in decades. The fire, named "Thomas", broke out almost two weeks ago and is now the state's third-largest wildfire since 1932. On Saturday it led to evacuation orders for areas in Santa Barbara County, including Montecito more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles along the Pacific coast.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 02:43:11 -0500
  • Ex-Wife Arrested on Charges Related to NBA Star's 2010 Murder

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    The body of Lorenzen Wright, 34, was found in a swampy field outside Memphis.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:25:25 -0500
  • More flights canceled after Atlanta airport's day without power

    More than 400 planned flights to or from Atlanta were scrapped and another 86 were delayed, according to the FlightAware tracking service. The airport lost power on Sunday morning after what Georgia Power believes was an equipment failure and subsequent fire in an underground electrical facility. By then, miserable would-be passengers had posted pictures and videos that were widely shared online of their confinement inside planes stuck outside darkened terminals as boredom and hunger mounted.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:05:37 -0500
  • France Promises To 'Defend Net Neutrality' In Wake Of FCC Vote In U.S.

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    In the aftermath of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s vote to repeal net neutrality last week, the French government has spoken up in support of a free and open internet.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:40:47 -0500
  • Putin thanks Trump for intelligence that prevented St Petersburg terror attack

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     Russian President Vladimir Putin called US President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank the Central Intelligence Agency for relaying information that lead to the arrest of several individuals since Friday suspected of plotting terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg.  According to the Kremlin, the information shared by the CIA “helped to track, identify and detain a group of terrorists preparing to set off explosions in St. Petersburg’s Kazan Cathedral, as well as in other public areas,” Interfax news agency reported. Mr Putin asked Mr Trump to relay his thanks to the director of the CIA and the intelligence officers who first received the information. Over the past several days, authorities in St. Petersburg have detained five individuals as part of a terrorism investigation. On Friday, authorities arrested Yevgeny Yefimov, who told a court that he has illegally manufactured explosives and intended to detonate them in Kazan Cathedral on Dec. 17. An associate of Yefimov’s was detained on Saturday in connection to the plot. Three more were arrested on Sunday as part of the investigation. They have been identified in the Russian press as Shamil Omargadzhiyev of Russia’s Dagestan region, Alishkhan Esmurziyev of Russia’s Ingushetia region, and Firuz Kalavurov, a citizen of neighboring Tajikistan. The Federal Security Service (FSB) on Friday also said it had arrested seven members of an Islamic State cell. The agency made a point in its statement of highlighting that the cell was being directed from abroad via Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging app — leading some to speculate the arrests could be used as a pretence to crack down on the application’s use. Earlier this year, in April, a suicide bomber attacked the St. Petersburg metro. A second, unexploded device was found in a metro station in another part of the city. The attacks highlighted a growing threat of terrorism in Russia, as many Russian-speaking Islamic State fighters began to try to return home from the battlefields of Syria. Mr Putin, according to the Kremlin, told Mr Trump that Russia’s security services would “undoubtedly and without delay” share information pertaining to terrorist threats against the U.S. and its citizens in the future.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:36:02 -0500
  • A Mysterious Charity is Giving Away $86 Million in Bitcoin

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    It involves pineapples. Kind of.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:39:08 -0500
  • Ralph Northam Draws Progressive Ire Over Medicaid Comments

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    WASHINGTON ― Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam drew the ire of progressives on Sunday, who accused him of walking back ― before even taking office ― his promise to expand Medicaid for more low-income people.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:40:45 -0500
  • Egypt Reopens Ancient Library Holding Thousands of Centuries-Old Manuscripts

    The library holds thousands of religious and historical manuscripts

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:59:16 -0500
  • Populist far-right leaders want no EU in future Europe

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    PRAGUE (AP) — Far-right populists in Europe vowed Saturday to work together to create a new model of intercontinental cooperation that is far removed from the European Union.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:02:12 -0500
  • Landslides kill 26 in storm-hit Philippine province: local officials

    At least 26 people were killed while several residents were missing in an island province in central Philippines after tropical storm Kai-tak brought heavy rains that triggered landslides, local authorities and media said on Sunday. Kai-tak cut power supplies in many areas, forced the cancellation of several flights, stranded more than 15,000 people in various ports in the region and prompted nearly 88,000 people to seek shelter in evacuation centers. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Biliran island said 26 residents had died, but the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has yet to make any official announcement about fatalities.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:37:37 -0500
  • 'Loyal agent of North Korea' charged in Australia over 'sanctions breach'

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    A Sydney-based "loyal agent of North Korea" has been charged with trying to sell missile parts and technology on the black market to raise money for Pyongyang in breach of international sanctions, Australian police said on Sunday. Chan Han Choi, a naturalised Australian citizen of Korean descent, was attempting to broker illicit deals that could have generated "tens of millions of dollars" for North Korea, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said. The 59-year-old was involved in discussions to set up a ballistic missile production facility and the supply of missile construction plans in addition to components, software and the transfer of technical expertise from Pyongyang, police alleged. Neil Gaughan, AFP Assistant Commissioner, told reporters the case was "like nothing we have ever seen on Australian soil", alleging the man was in contact with high-ranking North Korean officials. "This man is a loyal agent of North Korea, believing he was acting to serve some higher patriotic purpose." North Korean missile ranges The alleged agent’s plans did not involve other governments or officials, police said. Authorities did not reveal which individuals or entities the man was allegedly trying to trade with. Mr Gaughan said the charges related to his alleged activity over the past year, but that allegations dated back to 2008. Police started investigating Choi after a tip-off from another international agency on another matter, he said. "I know these charges sound alarming, but we are not suggesting that there are any weapons or missile componentry that came to Australian soil," he said. "We're alleging all of the activity occurred offshore." Australian Federal Police agents collecting evidence in relation to Chan Han Choi's case Credit: Australian Federal Police North Korea is under tough United Nations sanctions aimed at choking off revenue to Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes. "This is a very important arrest, the charges laid are the greatest nature," Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian Prime Minister, said in Sydney. "It is vitally important that all nations ... enforce those sanctions." Key Questions | UN sanctions The man, who has lived in Australia for three decades, allegedly used encrypted communication services to facilitate the attempted trades, which included the transfer of coal from North Korea to entities in Indonesia and Vietnam. He is in custody and faces a total of six charges, with maximum penalties of up to 10 years in jail. Investigators would not rule out further charges, and are probing other attempted commodity trades involving oil and gemstones. "This is black market 101," Mr Gaughan said. This is the first time charges have been laid for breaches under Canberra’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Act and for violating UN sanctions against North Korea in Australia. Global anxiety about North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s authoritarian government has steadily risen this year, with Washington calling on other UN members to cut ties with Pyongyang in order to squeeze the secretive regime.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 23:25:07 -0500
  • Track Palin, son of politician Sarah Palin, arrested in Alaska

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    The elder son of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was in jail on Sunday, facing assault and burglary charges in her home state of Alaska. Track Palin, 28, appeared in state court in Palmer, Alaska, earlier in the day, on a felony burglary charge and misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief charges, court records showed.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:31:44 -0500
  • Second Director Says Weinsteins Blacklisted Actress Mira Sorvino From Film

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    A second director has stepped forward this week with claims that Harvey and Bob Weinstein blacklisted actress Mira Sorvino and prevented her from being cast in films.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:07:17 -0500
  • Tens of thousands rally in Indonesia to support Palestine

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    Tens of thousands of Indonesians protested Sunday against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the latest show of support for the Palestinians in the country with the world's largest Muslim population. The rally was organised by the top Islamic authority the Indonesian Ulema Council and supported by the government as well as several other Islamic organisations. "This is my solidarity as a Muslim to my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters in Palestine... the Al-Aqsa mosque, a historical mosque for Muslims, is there (in Jerusalem)," said Hermawati, from the nearby city of Bogor, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:55:10 -0500
  • 63 Percent Of Americans Believe Donald Trump Tried To Obstruct Russia Probe

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    A 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.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 23:36:43 -0500
  • The Seller of This 720S Will Only Accept Bitcoin

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    We've reached peak internet.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:42:04 -0500
  • Argentina navy chief sacked over sub tragedy

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    Argentina dismissed its naval chief on Saturday, the most high-profile officer to be fired a month after a submarine went missing with 44 crew members on board. It's a political decision," a navy officer told AFP on condition of anonymity about the decision to remove Admiral Marcelo Srur during an ongoing investigation into the sub's disappearance. Srur is the fifth senior officer to have been relieved of his functions so far over the ARA San Juan's disappearance.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:50:35 -0500
  • Gov.-elect poses next to cutout of Chris Christie on beach

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    GLEN RIDGE, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy is getting some pushback for posing for photos next to a cardboard cutout of Gov. Chris Christie lounging on a beach last summer.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:56:11 -0500
  • U.S., Russian, Japanese crew blasts off for space station

    (Reuters) - A trio of U.S. and Japanese astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off from Kazakhstan on Sunday for a two-day trip to the International Space Station, a NASA TV broadcast showed. Commander Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and flight engineers Norishige Kanai of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Scott Tingle of NASA lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 1:21 p.m. local time (0721 GMT/0221 EST). The crew will gradually approach the station, which orbits about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth, for two days before docking. ...

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 02:42:08 -0500
  • Pastor Blasts Supreme Court’s Gay Wedding Cake Case In Unhinged Rant

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    A conservative pastor known for producing controversial Facebook videos is back with a blistering defense of Christian businesses who turn away same-sex couples. 

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:00:41 -0500
  • Minnesota governor defends police shooting investigators

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton defended the state agency that investigates police shootings after a prosecutor criticized the investigation into the death of an Australian woman who was killed by an officer after she called police to report a possible assault.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:09:31 -0500
  • Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

    Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice meditation? In a new book titled Beyond the Self, two friends—Matthieu Ricard, who left a career as a molecular biologist to become a Buddhist monk in Nepal, and Wolf Singer, a distinguished neuroscientist—engage in an unusually well-matched conversation about meditation and the brain. Below is a condensed and edited excerpt.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 04:50:00 -0500
  • Somali security forces arrest former minister in raid

    By Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali security forces have arrested a former minister and outspoken government critic after clashing with his bodyguards during an overnight raid on his home, the security ministry said on Monday. Abdirahman Abdishakur was a candidate in a February election won by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed whose United Nations-backed government faces growing pressure over its failure to put an end to an Islamist militant insurgency. Abdishakur was arrested for treason, a spokesman for the Internal Security Ministry Abdiasis Ali told reporters at a news conference, without giving more details.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:45:35 -0500
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