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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
  • Puerto Rico To Review Hurricane Death Toll After Undercounting Concerns

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    Puerto Rico’s governor vowed to re-examine its official death toll from Hurricane Maria after independent investigations placed the number of storm-related deaths at roughly 15 times higher than the territory’s findings, The New York Times reported.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:48:47 -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
  • 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
  • British diplomat abducted and murdered in Beirut

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    A young British embassy worker has been found murdered in the Lebanese capital Beirut after reportedly being strangled and reportedly sexually assaulted.  Rebecca Dykes, 30, from London, who had been working for the Department for International Development, was killed after leaving a bar with friends on Friday night. She had been out in the lively Gemmayzeh neighbourhood of Beirut for the farewell party of a colleague at the British embassy and had left just before midnight with a friend.  The two then parted ways, leaving Miss Dykes to either walk or take a taxi to her home five minutes away.  She had not been drinking as she had an early flight to catch home early the next morning for the Christmas holidays.  She was abducted some time after and killed. Her body was found dumped on the Metn highway several miles away.  Police sources told the Telegraph the first autopsy revealed the cause of death as strangulation, however a second postmortem examination is to be carried out later.  They said they did not believe the attack to be politically motivated. One friend told the Telegraph: "It's horrific. We had no idea what happened to her until we got a call today to go to the police station to give statements." Miss Dykes had been working in Beirut as the programme and policy manager for the Department for International Development since January 2017. Beirut killing She had worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since 2010, previously on Libya and Iraq.  She is thought to have grown up in Hong Kong, but attended Malvern St James Girls boarding school in Worcestershire before later studying anthropology at Manchester University and International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck, University of London.  Friends described her as "warm" and "clever". "She was just finding her feet in Beirut, she was just getting to know the city," on said.  Miss Dykes spoke fluent Mandarin having worked as a teacher in China and Hong Kong for four years prior to joining the Foreign Office. In a statement her family said: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened." Hugo Shorter, the British ambassador to Lebanon, said: "The whole embassy is deeply shocked, saddened by this news. My thoughts are with Becky’s family, friends and colleagues for their tragic loss.  "We're providing consular support to her family and working very closely with Lebanese authorities who are conducting police investigation." A spokesman for the Department for International Development where she worked said: "Our thoughts are with Becky's family and friends at this very upsetting time. "There is now a police investigation and the FCO (Foreign Office) is providing consular support to Becky's family and working with the local authorities." Such incidents are rare in Beirut, despite the fragile security situation in the country. Since the end of the country's 15-year civil war in 1990, Lebanon has become more stable.  It saw record numbers of tourists this year and attracts increasing numbers of holidaymakers looking to enjoy its Mediterranean beaches and hot climate. 

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:05:25 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Firefighters Take Advantage of Calmer Winds to Dig In and Contain Californian Wildfires

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    "Everything's holding really well," fire information officer Lisa Cox said

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:48:18 -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
  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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    The boss is in the house.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:45:00 -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
  • Agrihoods: The newest trend in millennial living

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    Millennials are harkening back to simpler days and creating communities on farms, surrounded by nature’s bounty and benefits. There are now more than a hundred of these neighborhoods -- called Agrihoods -- across the country,

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:07:21 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Pentagon admits it ran secret multimillion-dollar UFO programme between 2007 and 2012

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    The Pentagon has admitted it ran a secret programme tasked with investigating sightings of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs. Although the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Programme ended five years ago, when US defence officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities, it remains unclear if it has continued to investigate sightings of mysterious vehicles. Most of the money went to an aerospace research company ran by Robert Bigelow, a billionaire entrepreneur and longtime friend of Mr Reid.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:46:00 -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
  • Daily News: Top News of the Day from NBC News 12/18

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    Stay updated with today’s latest news by watching the NBC News Brief for Monday, December 18, 2017.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:38:40 -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
  • '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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Former Attorney General Eric Holder Says Termination of Robert Mueller Would Be 'Absolute Red Line'

    "The American people must be seen and heard"

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:02:21 -0500
  • Amtrak train derails on highway bridge in Washington state, several injured

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    The local sheriff's office said on Twitter that several motorists were injured, but not killed, when the derailed train struck cars on the highway. Amtrak passenger Chris Karnes told local news outlet KIRO 7 that passengers were forced to kick out train windows in order to escape, because emergency doors were not functioning properly following the derailment. The derailment occurred on the first day that Amtrak trains began using a new track between the cities of Tacoma and Olympia, part of a project to reduce travel time, according to an October news release from the state's transportation department.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:05:44 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • William And Kate's Christmas Card Is All About Prince George And Princess Charlotte

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released their Christmas card on Monday and it’s guaranteed to fill your heart with glee.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:06:05 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • End of an era: Boeing 747 takes last US commercial flight

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    The Boeing 747, the original jumbo jet that was the favorite American presidents and key to affordable mass market air travel in the United States, will pass into aviation history this week. Nearly 50 years after the its debut, the 747 will take its final commercial flight with an American carrier Tuesday on Delta Air Lines' Seoul-to-Detroit route. It "made flying available for everyone," said Boeing chief company historian Michael Lombardi said of the iconic jet.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 23:01:32 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cake for 'joyful' pope on his 81st birthday

    Pope Francis celebrated his 81st birthday Sunday with a hero cake and a message urging the world -- and children in particular -- to join in the holiday mood and be joyful. The Argentine pontiff thanked the crowds gathered in Saint Peter's Square for the Angelus prayer as they sang happy birthday, and was expected to slice into his birthday cake after lunch. The artist -- whose real name is Mauro Pallotta -- famously depicted Francis as Superman in 2014 and has since begun supporting Vatican charitable projects by selling T-shirts bearing the flying pope.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:35:11 -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
  • 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
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