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'Princess Diaries' Star Heather Matarazzo Is Engaged To Writer-Comedian Heather Turman
Heather Matarazzo is gearing up for a happily ever after of her very own.
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Democrats win special election for Wisconsin state Senate seat held by Republicans for past 17 years
A Democrat has won a special election for a state senate seat which had been held by Republicans for the past 17 years. Patty Schachtner beat Republican Adam Jarchow by nine points in Wisconsin’s rural 10th Senate District - yet another victory for Democrats in a district Donald Trump won by 17 points in the presidential election just over a year ago. In 2016, former Republican incumbent Sheila Harsdorf took the seat with 63.2 per cent of the vote.
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California 'House of horrors' children like 'clones' and were 'forced to march in circles'
The 13 children from the California 'House of Horrors' were forced to march in circles in the middle of the night, according to a former neighbour. A man named Mike, who used to live across the road from David and Louise Turpin, the couple arrested yesterday for torture, told the New York Post that the family was "like a cult." He said: "They would march back and forth on the second story at night. The light would be on the whole the time, and they would be marching the kids back and forth." Because he worked at a hospital, he often came back home in the early hours of the morning, which is when he says he saw the children engaging in the strange behaviour. Mike, who didn't give his last name, said he saw them being marched through the upstairs rooms between midnight and 3am. 'Clone' children 'spoke robotically and at the same time' David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49,  have been charged with nine counts of torture and 10 of child endangerment after being arrested at their home in Perris, California. It followed a dramatic rescue of thirteen children aged between 2 and 29 who were discovered starving and some chained to items of furniture in the “filthy” and “foul-smelling” house.  Police uncovered the abuse after a 17-year-old girl fled the property through a window, stole a mobile phone and alerted officers to the children’s plight.  She was so emaciated police thought she was only 10. Despite the fact Mike thought the situation was strange, he didn't feel anything serious enough to call the police was going on. He said: "My wife called them clones. They spoke robotically, in a monotone and at the same time." Family appeared 'obsessed with Disney' The family at Disneyland The Turpin family took multiple trips to Disneyland, and posted the evidence on Facebook.  The children were seen in these pictures wearing matching Disney clothing. Reporters on Monday gained access to the family's back garden, where they saw Disney merchandise including pet food bowls (though it is not thought they had any pets) and a Mickey and Minnie Mouse fountain. Two cars parked outside the residence had personalised number plates, one reading DLand and another reading DL4ever.  Although it is thought the first numberplate reads "Disneyland", the other could either mean David and Louise forever or Disneyland Forever. The family also appeared obsessed with Elvis Presley The Turpin couple renewed their vows three times, in the exact same location with the same Elvis impersonator performing their vow renewal ceremony.  David and Louise Turpin renew their wedding vows at an Elvis chapel on their 30th anniversary on October 31, 2015 Credit: Elvis Chapel/YouTube They also wore the exact same outfits, at the Elvis Chapel in Downtown Las Vegas  – Mrs Turpin’s changing hairstyles being the only difference. Kent Ripley, the Elvis impersonator at the chapel, said he was "still disturbed" by the reports of abuse.  "I mean they were sitting right around here three different times," he told Fox5 Vegas, indicating the rows of empty chairs in the chapel.  The Elvis impersonator serenades the couple during the ceremony Credit: Elvis Chapel/YouTube "[The Turpins] seemed to care about each other and care about the kids. They seemed to smile, the kids were smiling they didn't hide behind themselves, they were very quiet." The couple stare into each other's eyes as their children look on Credit: Elvis Chapel/YouTube The family outings appear to have all stopped last July – five months after Mrs Turpin’s mother, Phyllis Robinette, died aged 66 in Princeton, West Virginia. Shortly before she died, Mrs Robinette wrote on Facebook: “Would love to come and see you all.” Louise Turpin's sister: we were not brought up like this Teresa Robinette, the sister of Louise Turpin told NBC News: "I've never felt such a diferent mixture of emotions. Like seriously I'm so heartbroken for my neices and my nephews. I'm so angry, I'm so mad, I'm hurt. "Our life wasn't perfect growing up but she didn't live like that. Neither did David, he was raised in a very wealthy home. "As a matter of fact my dad was a preacher at one point when I was very little – they weren't raised like this. I don't know where it came from. I feel like it's a bad dream."
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Trump adds 'treason' to FBI smear
Rachel Maddow reports on Donald Trump's continued attack on the FBI and the investigation into his ties to Russia by accusing FBI agents who didn't want him to be president of treason.
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White House suggests there isn't 'any way back' for Steve Bannon
Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley slammed the door on former strategist Steve Bannon amid controversy over a new book, "Fire & Fury," about President Trump's administration.
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Turpin family latest: Aunt of 13 malnourished children found in California home says 'sister never let me see her kids'
The aunt of 13 children found malnourished in a filthy and darkened home said her sister “never let us talk to her kids” and admitted that “something didn’t seem right about her parenting”. Police rescued David and Louise Turpin‘s children from a “foul-smelling” house, where some had been shackled to beds, after one of the siblings escaped and raised the alarm. The children ranged in age from two to 29 but appeared much younger due to malnutrition, police said.
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Ancient Mexican Civilization Nearly Wiped Out by Something Stuck in Their Teeth, New DNA Evidence Reveals
Researchers believe they have identified a likely cause for a 16th century epidemic that decimated a group of indigenous Mesoamerican people known as the Mixtec—and it’s related to the bug that might give you food poisoning after a bad barbecue. Beginning in 2004, researchers found and exhumed several bodies from the more than 800 buried in mass graves near a churchyard cemetery at an archeological site called Teposcolula-Yucundaa. DNA from a strain of Salmonella turned up in the remains of people who died during this epidemic—specifically, in the pulpy part of their teeth. “This was a hugely devastating epidemic,” Kirsten Bos, one of the lead authors of the paper and a physical anthropologist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, told Newsweek.
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Trump administration considering developing two more 'usable' nuclear weapons
The Trump administration is considering developing two new sea-based nuclear weapons to combat the growing threats of China and Russia, according to new Department of Defence review of its nuclear strategy. The planned change to strategy comes at a moment of intense debate over proliferation in the world, with much of the international attention focused on North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear deterrent. Supporters of such a strategy change say that it is about time that the Defence Department come up with a new path forward, nearly three decades after the end of the Cold War, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, which first noted the strategy change.
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Great Pyramid Void May Contain Mysterious Throne Carved From Meteorite Described in Ancient Texts
Ever since archaeologists revealed in November 2017 that one of the Great Pyramids of Giza contained a void potentially more than 100 feet long, the question of what exactly lies inside it has tantalized scientists and the public alike. Now, one expert has put forth a hypothesis addressing the mystery: The void could contain a great iron throne referenced in the Pyramid Texts, the oldest known religious texts in the world. Cheops' Pyramid, sometimes called the Pyramid of Khufu or simply the Great Pyramid, is the largest of the three Giza Pyramids.
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Early Vikings Revealed Through Two Rare Artifacts Inscribed With Ancient Runic Texts
Two rare artifacts inscribed with ancient letters, or runes, could be the key to a mysterious era of Viking history when they suddenly abandoned their old alphabet and transitioned to a new one. Archaeologists discovered a comb and a small plate while excavating an ancient Viking marketplace in Ribe, the oldest town in Denmark today and a powerful hub during the early Viking Age, according to ScienceNordic. Runes are sets of symbols comprising an alphabet in which each character represents a specific sound.
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Glowing red lava causes more to flee from Philippine volcano
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Glowing-red lava spurted in a fountain and flowed down the Philippines' most active volcano on Tuesday in a stunning display of its fury that has sent more than 34,000 villagers fleeing to safety and prompted police to set up checkpoints to stop tourists from getting too close.
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Ex-doctor's victims recount sex abuse as young gymnasts
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma he inflicted on them as children, including one who warned that girls eventually "grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."
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Bannon testifies before House committee probing Russia campaign links
Steve Bannon faced a marathon grilling Tuesday by a congressional committee probing Donald Trump's campaign links to Russia, as it emerged the former top aide has also been subpoenaed by the special prosecutor investigating the issue. Bannon was quizzed behind closed doors by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, the first time he has testified in the probe investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia in its bid to influence the 2016 US elections.
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President Trump tweets he wants 'merit based' immigration system
President Trump tweeted that the DACA deal is "probably dead" and said he wanted a "merit based" immigration system.
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AP News Guide: Big decisions await Congress on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) — Before a potential government shutdown at midnight Friday night, a host of leftover Washington business is bottled up in Congress, waiting on a deal to prevent the deportation of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and an agreement on other immigration-related issues, including President Donald Trump's long-sought U.S.-Mexico border wall.
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Conservatives balk at GOP plan to avert government shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-line conservatives threatened late Tuesday to scuttle Republican leaders' plans to prevent a weekend government shutdown, saying GOP leaders now lack the votes to push their proposal through the House. The setback came as a deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation also remained distant.
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Trump's language on immigrants provokes a backlash in the pulpits
Many Christian pastors and educators were deeply troubled President Trump’s demeaning language about some foreign countries — less because of the vulgar language he used than the racist views it implied. Many churches have sent missions to Haiti and appreciate their struggles.
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White House Doctor Deems Trump Mentally ‘Very Sharp,’ in ‘Excellent’ Health
President Donald Trump is in good physical and cognitive health following his first medical examination as president, Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, told reporters Tuesday.
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Majority of U.S. National Park Service board resigns, saying it was ignored
Most members of a U.S. National Park Service advisory board, appointed while Barack Obama was president, have resigned after saying they were ignored by President Donald Trump's administration, the panel chairman said on Tuesday. The National Park System Advisory Board, whose creation was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1935, is tasked with advising on matters such as the designation of historic and natural landmarks. Seven of the panel's 10 members have submitted their resignations, Tony Knowles, who chaired the panel and was among those quitting, said by telephone.
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Danica Patrick finds love away from track with Aaron Rodgers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick's heart is racing for Aaron Rodgers.
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Crowd imitates tennis player's very loud shrieking when hitting the ball
Surely you'd be used to hearing the shrieks of tennis players hitting the ball by now. But it was on a whole new level with Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka, who was playing Aussie player Ashleigh Barty at the Australian Open on Tuesday. SEE ALSO: Will Ferrell crashes on-court interview with Roger Federer and asks all the hard-hitting questions Sabalenka has gained notoriety for both her exceptional skills and rather loud grunts on the court. During Thursday's match, they prompted the umpire to address what was believed to be the crowd imitating Sabalenka's screams. So of course, the crowd responded by making their grunts even louder, much to the chagrin of Barty. "Ladies & gentlemen please, during the rally, do not scream."The Chair Umpire may have regretted her choice of words during this Barty v Sabalenka #AusOpen match... pic.twitter.com/x6WhfSeH9J — #7TENNIS (@7tennis) January 16, 2018 For Barty, who won the match, the screeching proved to be not too much of a distraction. "I think if something that small can irritate you, that's a bigger issue in itself," Barty told reporters, according to ABC News . "I knew it was coming. I was prepared for it ... I mean, obviously in the first couple of games, you get used to it. Everyone has a bit of a different grunt. But, no, you get used to it." However, it seems people at home weren't entirely into the noises — or couldn't ignore them. Sabalenka has 347 different sounding grunts. What a talent. — Pam Shriver (@PHShriver) January 16, 2018 Sorry @ashbar96 would love to keep watching and supporting you but can't take that prolonged screeching from Sabalenka anymore. An absolute disgrace!!! Good luck — Michael Christian (@Chrisso_21) January 16, 2018 It's totally unacceptable the amount of 'noise' coming out of Aryna Sabalenka's mouth as she hits most of her shots. It must be a distraction to Ash Barty. It's ruining the match. #AusOpen — Adam White (@White_Adam) January 16, 2018 They tell the crowd to be quiet when a piece of cotton touches a piece of felt, but Sabalenka is allowed to screech like she’s been torn apart by a savage pack of lions. Ah, tennis. #ausopen — Jon Tuxworth (@Tuxy81) January 16, 2018 Ah, tennis. One day you're imitating Sabalenka's shrieks, the next you're watching Ron Burgundy ask Roger Federer the tough questions during an on-court interview. WATCH: This VR gym makes you work out by playing games
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Kim Kardashian announces birth of third child via surrogate
Reality star Kim Kardashian and her rapper husband Kanye West Tuesday announced the birth of their third child, a baby girl who was born via a surrogate. "She is here! We're so in love," Kardashian, 37, wrote in a post on her website which she then shared with her 58.3 million Twitter followers. "We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care," said Kardashian.
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Titans fire coach Mike Mularkey after playoff win
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans believe the potential reward from quarterback Marcus Mariota working with his third head coach in his fourth NFL season outweighs the risk of change.
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What Ryan Shazier's Appearance on Sunday Says About His Spinal Recovery
The mere act of getting out and being around familiar settings is quite encouraging.
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Deadpool's birthday message to Zayn Malik was as hilariously creepy as you'd expect
In case you didn't already know, Ryan Reynolds and Zayn Malik are essentially BFFs. SEE ALSO: 69 times Ryan Reynolds was hands down the funniest actor on Twitter Look, here's some hard evidence: Paint one mural of Zayn on the hood of your car using gold leaf and real hair, and suddenly you're "obsessed". — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) July 9, 2015 On Saturday, the bromance continued. Here's a video of the birthday message Deadpool sent to Malik, which the latter shared recently on his Instagram page: A post shared by Zayn Malik (@zayn) on Jan 12, 2018 at 10:35am PST Here's a full transcript: Birthday messages surely don't come much better than that. WATCH: 'Deadpool' as a drama wins all the Oscars
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The Maid of Honor at Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Still Marvels at the Dress She Wore
Lady Anne Glenconner keeps the extravagant gown in a special box.
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'Avengers: Infinity War' actor describes scene with a ridiculous amount of superheroes on set
Marvel executive 1: "How many superheroes should we put in this movie?" Marvel executive 2: "All of them." Marvel executive 1: "Really? Maybe we sh-" Marvel executive 2: "All. Of. Them." SEE ALSO: 15 of the geekiest cookie jars you need for your kitchen right now Anthony Mackie (a.k.a. Falcon) was on a panel at Ace Comic Con with Avengers: Infinity War with co-stars Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan, and gave an account of what sounds like an incredible day on set. | @AnthonyMackie talking about @TomHolland1996 on the panel of 'Captain America' at @ACEcomiccon pic.twitter.com/2mtCV1p809 — Tom Holland News (@THollandNews) January 13, 2018 Here's Mackie's quote in full. It's hard to tell whether Mackie actually meant exactly 40 superheroes, or if he was simply exaggerating the number. Either way, the panel had Marvel fans pretty jazzed. chris, sebastian and mackie are the best trio... we better get a looot of interviews with them for Infinity War promo — . (@valyrianperrie) January 14, 2018 An infinity war scene with all 40 heroes? Take my money https://t.co/MYaJYxIbBA — Velly (@VelllyVell) January 14, 2018 pic.twitter.com/VR9pth451V — Janine ༄ (@janine_jks) January 16, 2018 Avengers Infinity War ROYAL RUMBLE! — Olufemi Okubadejo (@FemiOkubadejo) January 15, 2018 I know right Im going to be like where the hell do I look first lol #mindblown pic.twitter.com/UaA3zrzsQm — Craig/Rock/Rocky (@Craig231976) January 16, 2018 Still, 40 whole superheroes? That's like 39 heroes than you usually need! This Thanos guy must be one tough customer... WATCH: This inventor built a real-life 'Iron Man' suit and it's awesome
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Man stabbed trying to stop armed robbery in North Phila., police say
A Good Samaritan was stabbed while trying to stop an armed robbery in North Philadelphia, police say.
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Divers find 'amazing' underwater tunnel network that could unravel mysteries of Mayan civilisation
By connecting two underwater caverns, the Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM) project identified the 216 mile (347km) cave after months of exploring a maze of underwater channels. The project, which is dedicated to the study and preservation of the subterranean waters of the Yucatan peninsula, said the discovery could shine new light on the ancient Maya civilisation. Near the beach resort of Tulum, the group found that the cave system known as Sac Actun, once measured at 163 miles (263km), communicated with the 52 mile (83km) Dos Ojos system, the GAM said in a statement.
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Former CIA agent arrested with top secret info
US authorities said Tuesday they had arrested a former CIA agent, Hong Kong resident Jerry Chun Shing Lee, after discovering he had an unauthorized notebook that had the identities of undercover US spies. Lee, a naturalized US citizen also known as Zhen Cheng Li, was arrested late Monday after he arrived at JFK International Airport in New York. The Department of Justice said Lee, 53, grew up in the United States and served in the US Army before joining the Central Intelligence Agency as a case officer in 1994.
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Joshua Wong, Hong Kong's Most Prominent Pro-Democracy Activist, Has Been Jailed Again
Dealing another blow to the territory's pro-democratic youth movement
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Democratic-Led States Go to Court to Reinstate Net Neutrality
A coalition of 22 Democratic state attorneys general is asking a U.S. court to reinstate so-called net neutrality rules repealed last month
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The White House Doctor Called President Trump's Health 'Excellent.' Here's the Full Summary of His Physical Exam
The White House doctor said Trump is fit to serve for the duration of his term
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3 Years Later, Search Continues for Man Who Called Police And Admitted to Killing Wife
This week marks three years since Harold "Butch" Knight called police to tell them that he murdered his wife. The call kicked off a manhunt in Michigan that is still in the works and that even today has authorities puzzled.
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Steve Bannon Has Been Subpoenaed After Refusing to Answer Questions in Russia Probe
The focus on the former White House chief strategist follows his spectacular fall from power
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Chrissy Teigen Offers To Pay Possible Fine For McKayla Maroney's Truth-Telling
Chrissy Teigen offered her support to former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney in a big way on Tuesday morning: The model said she’d be “absolutely honored” to pay a $100,000 penalty that Maroney might face for violating a nondisclosure agreement with USA Gymnastics if she choses to speak at the sentencing for disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar.
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New video shows car nearly hit bus as it flies through air in Santa Ana crash
Dramatic new video shows the moment a car in Santa Ana went flying into the air after it hit a center median at high speeds and launched into the second floor of a building.
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Jeremy Hunt: Stop politicizing Martin Luther King Day
U.S. Army officer says the holiday should be about unity and service, not political controversy.
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Split Social Democrats could sink Merkel's coalition plans
By Madeline Chambers and Tom Käckenhoff BERLIN/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) tried on Tuesday to quash a grassroots rebellion against a blueprint agreed with Angela Merkel's conservatives to enter formal talks on a "grand coalition" which could scupper her plan for a fourth term. After five days of talks, SPD leader Martin Schulz agreed a framework deal with Merkel and Bavarian conservatives on Friday. Many rank and file members accuse Schulz of selling out to Merkel and failing to win a signature policy to take to coalition talks, such as a major healthcare reform or tax hikes for the rich.
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Missouri State Reps Call on Gov. Eric Greitens to Resign Amid Affair, Allegations of Blackmail
The story of Governor Eric Greitens' infidelity doesn't seem to be going away. Several Missouri state representatives are calling on the governor to resign following details of an affair and accusations of blackmail.
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Donald Trump scores top marks in cognitive test - how well would you do?
The cognitive test on which Donald Trump received a perfect score is considered a good screening tool for mental decline in an otherwise healthy person, medical experts said. The US president asked to be administered a mental test and was given the Montreal Cognitive Assessment as part of a medical exam by Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, who on Tuesday said he had absolutely no concerns about Mr Trump's neurological function. The president scored 30 out of 30. Cognitive testing looks for signs of mild cognitive impairment and/or Alzheimer’s disease. Sample questions on the Montreal test include repeating a set of numbers in order both forwards and backwards and remembering a list of common words. Test takers are asked to identify animals, and draw a clock face, putting in all of the numbers and setting the clock hands to a specific time, as well. It takes about 10 minutes to administer. The Montreal Cognitive Assessment, known as MoCA In general, patients with good or average memory forget one of the five words and can still be within the normal range, said Dr. James Mastrianni, an expert in memory disorders and other neurodegenerative conditions at the University of Chicago Medicine. "It's a screening assessment that we use routinely in the clinics to determine whether someone has some degree of cognitive impairment or not," he said. "If they score poorly on that assessment, then usually there is more detailed evaluation that follows. But if they score well that usually indicates there is pretty good cognitive function. They are essentially intact," Mastrianni added. The standard version of the test is "pretty good" but "not definitive" said Dr. Ronald Petersen, an Alzheimer’s disease expert at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Petersen said he could not comment specifically on the president’s cognitive health. The test does not assess the president’s psychiatric fitness and the president did not undergo a psychiatric evaluation, according to his doctor. According to the Alzheimer's Association, there is no single test that proves a person has Alzheimer's disease. That diagnosis is made through a complete assessment that considers all possible causes.
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Virgin Galactic Is Months Away From Bringing Tourists to Space
Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft the VSS Unity completed a successful glide test last week, keeping the company on track to operate the first space tourist expeditions later this year.The test pushed “ Unity ’s atmospheric capabilities hard, touching top-end glide speeds as pilots Mark ‘Forger’ Stucky and Michael ‘Sooch’ Masucci completed a busy test card,” the company said in an update. Related: Richard Branson Details Hurricane Irma Experience in Emotional New VideoOn Thursday, the Unity was released from its mothership over the Mojave Desert at an altitude of 50,000 feet and began a steep descent. The spacecraft accelerated to Mach 0.9 to test its flight performance, stability and control before safely landing.“At this stage of the glide flight programme, each flight is essentially a dry run for rocket-powered test flights,” according to Virgin Galactic.Over the next few months, the team will add elements to each test flight to closer replicate space exploration. The company is on-time to reach founder Richard Branson’s goal of being on a suborbital test flight by April. Commercial flights are expected to begin by the end of the year.The spacecraft is capable of carrying six customers and two pilots. The 2.5-hour experience includes six minutes of weightlessness and the ability to view the Earth’s curvature from space.A ticket aboard the Unity spacecraft cost $250,000. Hundreds of people — including Stephen Hawking, Ashton Kutcher, Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Bieber, have already placed a deposit for a voyage into space.The successful test flight happened about three years after one pilot was killed in Virgin Galactic’s fatal crash in the Mojave. It took two years after the crash for the Federal Aviation Administration to re-issue the company a commercial operating license.
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Trump tells Xi US trade deficit with China 'not sustainable': W.House
US President Donald Trump told Chinese leader Xi Jinping he was disappointed about Washington's deepening trade deficit with Beijing, calling the situation "not sustainable," the White House said Tuesday. In telephone talks, Trump "expressed disappointment that the United States' trade deficit with China has continued to grow," the White House said in a statement.
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Nine charged over fraternity pledge's death at Florida State University
The nine men, who are between the ages of 20 and 22, were charged with college hazing causing injury or death in Leon County after a two-month investigation into the death of Andrew Coffey, the Tallahassee Police Department said in a statement. “This collaborative investigation was critical to finding answers for Andrew Coffey’s family and our community. Coffey died Nov. 3 after attending "Big Brother Night" at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, where he was a pledge.
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Airbus gets early 2018 jump on rival Boeing with Mexico order
Airbus got an early jump on rival Boeing for 2018 with news Tuesday that low-cost Mexican airline Volaris has ordered 80 of its popular A320 planes for a total $9.3 billion. The planned purchase, which entails deliveries over the next eight years, comes after the European Aerospace giant overtook Boeing last year in terms of aircraft orders, booking 1,109 against the US company's 718. "The announcement of the investment in 80 Airbus aircraft by Volaris for a total $9.3 billion is very important," Mexican Communications Minister Gerardo Ruiz said, accompanied by Volaris executives.
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House of Horrors: Parents arrested, children chained to beds
Teenager escapes and calls police.
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Volcano in Papua New Guinea little known, hard to predict
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — People in Papua New Guinea are being warned that an eruption of a volcano in the South Pacific nation could also cause a local tsunami.
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'Extremely Disturbing.' A Danish Inventor Has Been Charged With Killing Journalist Kim Wall
Prosecutors are seeking life imprisonment
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Scientists Explain Why the Black Death Wasn't Actually Caused by Rats
Human ectoparasites may be the culprits behind medieval plague.
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Hackers Messaged Donald Trump With Former Fox News Hosts' Twitter Accounts
The Twitter accounts of two former Fox News hosts were hacked on Tuesday, resulting in both of their feeds being filled with Turkish propaganda supporting the country’s controversial president.
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Jonathan Turley on Democrats snubbing the State of the Union
On 'The Story,' the legal expert says lawmakers should be representing their districts.
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25+ Spooky Halloween Dinner Ideas
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The U.S. Has Cut Half of Its Aid to Palestinian Refugees Pending U.N. Reform
The U.S. is the largest donor to the agency that supports millions of Palestinian refugees
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Aliens, apocalypse, lightning? ... No, just a meteor rocking Michigan
(Reuters) - A bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the U.S. Midwest and Canada on Tuesday, weather and geology agencies said, and then caused a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers. The meteor was seen across the region in places such as Ohio, Michigan and Ontario at about 8 p.m. local time and registered a 2.0 magnitude tremor about 4 miles (7 km) east of Saint Clair Shores in Eastern Michigan, the United States Geological Survey said on its website. The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed it was not a meteorological event but more likely a meteor.
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Egyptian scandal? Meet the mummies with different daddies
Two of Britain’s most well-known mummies could be at the centre of a 4,000-year-old family scandal, after DNA analysis showed they had different fathers. The bodies of priests Khnum-nakht and Nakht-ankh were discovered in excavations in Egypt led by the renowned British archaeologist Flinders Petrie in 1907. Their grave, found at Deir Rifeh, 250 miles south of Cairo was dubbed 'the tomb of the two brothers' after sarcophagi inscriptions revealed both men were the sons of a local governor. However, new DNA tests by the University of Manchester found that while they had the same mother, they had different fathers. It is the first analysis of mummies anywhere in the world to use both mitochondrial DNA, which comes from the mother, and Y chromosome DNA which comes from the father. Scientists are unsure whether the finding suggests one of the brothers was adopted, or if their mother had an affair, and the true lineage of one of the boys was never publicly acknowledged. Dr Konstantina Drosou, of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Manchester who conducted the DNA sequencing, said: “It was a long and exhausting journey to the results but we are finally here. “I am very grateful we were able to add a small but very important piece to the big history puzzle and I am sure the brothers would be very proud of us. These moments are what make us believe in ancient DNA. ” Flinders Petrie Credit: UCL Archaeologists had suspected for some time that the ‘two brothers’ were not related. Although their coffin images looked identical, there were problems with their bones. When the complete contents of the tomb were shipped to Manchester in 1908 and the mummies of both men were unwrapped by the UK’s first professional female Egyptologist, Dr Margaret Murray, her team concluded that the skeletal morphologies were very different, suggesting an absence of family relationship. To find out for sure in 2015, the DNA was extracted from the teeth and, sequenced. Analysis showed that both Nakht-Ankh and Khnum-Nakht belonged to mitochondrial haplotype M1a1, suggesting a maternal relationship. The Y chromosome sequences were less complete but showed variations between the two mummies, indicating different fathers. The research was published in the Journal of Archaeological Science Reports.
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Former CIA officer arrested at airport
The DOJ says the former officer has been arrested on charges of unlawfully retaining national defense information.
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NBC deletes tweet welcoming 'OUR future president' Oprah
In a statement released Monday, the network said a tweet about "'OUR future president' Oprah" was “in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement.”
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Donald Trump's 'repulsive' attacks on media likened to Josef Stalin by Republican senator
Donald Trump’s “repulsive” presidential statements on the media will be compared to the propaganda of Russian dictator Josef Stalin, according to a report, in a speech by a Republican senator this week. Jeff Flake will take to the Senate floor on Wednesday to condemn the 71-year-old’s presidency and his “unrelenting daily assault on the constitutionally-protected free press”, according to an excerpt obtained by The Washington Post.
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Ex-CIA Officer Arrested and Charged With Keeping Classified Records
A former CIA officer was charged with illegally retaining classified records, including names and phone numbers of covert CIA assets
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Donald Trump 'could have lived to 200 years old' if he ate fewer hamburgers, doctor says
Donald Trump has "incredible genes" and could have lived to 200-years-old if his diet had been better in recent years, the White House presidential physician said. Dr Ronny Jackson, who performed Mr Trump's first medical exam as president, declared him "fit for duty" physically and mentally. As well as a thorough physical Dr Jackson performed a "difficult" cognitive test and Mr Trump scored 30 out of 30. The doctor said: "He's very sharp, he's very articulate around me, I've no indication to be concerned about his thought process." Dr Jackson said he had not planned to do a cognitive test but Mr Trump asked him to, and he did "exceedingly well" on it. The doctor said: "If he had some kind of mental cognitive issue he would not have got 30 out of 30 on the test. He has no mental or cognitive issues." Donald Trump Credit: AP He said it was the first time a president had undergone such a test, and Mr Trump asked for it specifically so he could lay to rest recent speculation about his mental capability. In a recent book, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, White House aides were said to have questioned his state of mind, and Mr Trump responded by calling himself a "very stable genius". Last month, the president slurred his words while announcing a decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Dr Jackson took responsibility for Mr Trump slurring his words during the speech, saying he had prescribed him Sudafed, a cold remedy, and that had dried up his mouth. Mr Trump's weight was 239 pounds. He had a Body Mass Index at the very top of the "overweight" range and just shy of "obese". Here is the release of President Donald Trump's medical exam by Dr. Ronny Jackson, on paper: https://t.co/kLR436GYM8pic.twitter.com/24zbLYQD0C— Lisa Feierman (@lisathefeierman) January 16, 2018 His resting heart rate was 68 beats per minute, and his blood pressure was 122/74. His total cholesterol was 223, which is higher than recommended, and had risen over the last year. Mr Trump takes a medication for his cholesterol, the doctor said. He also takes Propecia to combat male pattern hair loss. Dr Jackson said Mr Trump "could do with losing 10 or 15 pounds". He added: "We talked a lot about diet and exercise. He was more keen on the diet than exercise but we will do both." The physical part of the four-hour medical exam settled a long mystery over how tall Mr Trump is. He has claimed to be 6ft 3ins, while an old driving licence showed him as 6ft 2ins, leading to accusations he had exaggerated his height. Dr Jackson confirmed Mr Trump is 6ft 3ins. Asked how a 71-year-old man known to like hamburgers could be in "excellent" physical health, he said: "It's called genetics. Some people have great genes. "I told the president if he'd had better diet over the last 20 years he could have lived to 200 years old. The answer is he has incredibly good genes, it's just the way God made him. "He had great findings across the board but his cardiac health stood out. Hands down he is in the excellent range. "He continues to enjoy the significant long-term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol."
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Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effects
Want to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?
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Thai court drops royal insult charges against academic
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai military court on Wednesday dropped royal insult charges against an 84-year old historian who questioned whether a Thai king had actually defeated a Burmese adversary in combat on elephant-back over 500 years ago.
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Rogue ex-policeman, six others die in Venezuela forces raid
By Brian Ellsworth and Eyanir Chinea CARACAS (Reuters) - Rogue Venezuelan helicopter pilot Oscar Perez was killed in a police operation on Monday along with six other anti-government militants, the interior minister said on Tuesday, spurring opposition complaints of human rights violations. Perez, a photogenic former police officer who once starred in an action film, last year used a hijacked helicopter to attack government buildings and stole weapons from a military base in what he called a rebellion against President Nicolas Maduro. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said it was Perez who had attacked first, and that seven "terrorists" including him were killed outside Caracas, along with two police officers involved in the raid.
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Nine dead after under-construction bridge collapses in Colombia
At least nine construction workers were killed and five injured when a partially-constructed bridge collapsed in central Colombia on Monday, an official from the disaster response agency said. The bridge, located in Chirajara on the border of Cundinamarca and Meta provinces, was to be part of the highway that connects the capital Bogota and the city of Villavicencio, and was not yet in public use. The cause of the collapse, which sent pieces of the bridge down into a canyon below, is under investigation, Reinaldo Romero, head of disaster response for Meta province, told Reuters. Half of the bridge fell into the valley in Chirajara near Bogot Credit: JAIME SALDARRIAGA/ REUTERS “Up to now there are nine dead and five injured,” Romero said. “We are doing a check to rule out other victims.” Transportation Minister German Cardona flew over the site of the collapse later on Monday and visited rescue staff on the ground with Dimitri Zaninovich, the head of the national infrastructure agency.
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Palestinian leaders call for suspension of recognition of Israel
Palestinian leaders voted on Monday to call for the suspension of recognition of Israel in a move with potentially deep implications as they met in response to US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. While withdrawing the Palestine Liberation Organisation's recognition of Israel could spark international backlash, it was unclear whether the vote was binding.
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10-year-old dies after having flu-like symptoms in Connecticut
Nico Mallozzi, a fourth grader at West School in New Caanan, was at a hockey tournament in New York but didn't play because he felt sick.
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See How Trump's Approval Rating Stacks Up Against Other Presidents After One Year
Trump has ping-ponged between a low of 35% and a high of 45% during his first year in office
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President Trump Is Trying to Erase the LGBTQ Community
Sarah Kate Ellis, president of GLAAD, explains how Donald Trump's presidency has affected the LGBTQ community.
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3 Things To Know About The Cognitive Test Trump's Doctor Gave Him
After speculation about President Donald Trump’s mental health escalated in recent weeks, White House doctor Ronny Jackson revealed Tuesday afternoon that the president passed a cognitive assessment during his Friday physical at Walter Reed Medical Center.
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Zinke Pushes Two-Thirds Of National Park Service Advisory Panel To Resign
Most of the members of the National Park Service Advisory Board have tendered their resignation over frustrations with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, The Washington Post reports.
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Doctor: Trump got perfect score on cognitive test
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump performed "exceedingly well" on a surprise cognitive screening test administered last week, his doctor said Tuesday, as the White House continued to bat back questions about the president's mental fitness for office.
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Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cuts
SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Mahmoud al-Qouqa can't imagine life without the three sacks of flour, cooking oil and other staples he receives from the United Nations every three months.
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Next Trump hurdles: November mid-terms, 2020 primaries
Donald Trump's political future may well hinge on 2018, when he risks losing control of Congress in crucial elections that kick off the next White House battle -- likely to pit the president against both Democrats and rogue Republican challengers. Congressional mid-terms often swing against the party in power, and tradition suggests Trump's Republicans, who control the White House, the Senate and House of Representatives, are set to suffer on November 6 when Americans head to the polls.
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Turpin family latest: Mother 'perplexed' by police inspection after having no prior contact with authorities
A Californian couple accused of imprisoning their children in “horrific” conditions had no prior contact with authorities and the mother seemed surprised when law enforcement officers turned up at their door, officials said. After a 17-year-old daughter slipped through a window and called police, she led authorities back to a squalid Perris house where a dozen of her siblings were held, some of them shackled in chains. Records indicate that Mr Turpin had received state approval to run a private school at the property where the children were found.
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Family bids goodbye as undocumented father of 2 is deported to Mexico
A tearful scene unfolded at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Monday morning, where Jorge Garcia, a father of two and a 30-year resident of Detroit, was deported to Mexico amid cries from his family.
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No rules for California home schools, where 13 found captive
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California home where authorities say two parents tortured their 13 children had doubled as a private school for the siblings but faced no government oversight and was never inspected by education officials.
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MIZUHO: Here's why Facebook has 'a realistic opportunity' to enter China in 2018
Facebook has a "realistic opportunity" to enter China in 2018, Mizuho analyst James Lee wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday. Lee came to the conclusion after meeting "various industry contacts" in China during a recent trip. Facebook's recent appointment of an executive to manage relations with China will help the company "understand the regulatory requirement and negotiate Facebook's operating structure in China," said Lee in the note, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider.
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The Latest: Trump asked doctor for cognitive test
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's health (all times local):
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Mormon Church Confirms New Leader In Live Broadcast
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has officially named Russell M. Nelson as its 17th president.
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President Trump Is Making It Harder for Congress to Make a Deal on Immigration
The federal government is hurdling toward a shutdown in part due to floundering negotiations over the future of DACA recipients.
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'Blood on His Hands.' Man Arrested After Dead Girlfriend's Body Found Wrapped in Plastic
A man has been arrested after his girlfriend's body was found wrapped in a sheet and plastic in a home southwest of Detroit.
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Analysis: With a vent at Trump, Abbas exits 'peace process'
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — There seems to be no going back for Mahmoud Abbas after the Palestinian leader cursed and ridiculed President Donald Trump and his aides in a pugnacious speech — a very public break with the 82-year-old's long-standing efforts to cultivate Washington's goodwill as the sole pathway to Palestinian statehood.
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Donald Trump 'did well' on cognitive exam but could benefit from more exercise, says White House doctor
Donald Trump performed “well” on a cognitive screening exam but the President could benefit from a low-fat diet and more exercise, a White House doctor has said. “All clinical data indicates that the president is currently very health and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency,” said Dr Ronny Jackson, who conducted the president's physical and cognitive exams last week. Mr Trump’s erratic behaviour in office has prompted some to question his mental health.
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As President Trump Is Mocked for Lack of Chivalry, Inside Melania's Year as First Lady
The president was seen leaving wife Melania and son Barron fending for themselves as he held an umbrella on a rainy Florida day.
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Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cuts
SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Mahmoud al-Qouqa can't imagine life without the three sacks of flour, cooking oil and other staples he receives from the United Nations every three months.
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Trump administration cuts aid to Palestinians by more than half
US President Donald Trump had threatened in a tweet to cut millions in contributions in order to force Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas into coming to the negotiating table to hash out a peace deal with Israel. "It is time other countries, some of them quite wealthy, step in and do their part to advance regional security and stability," an administration official told Reuters. "This is not aimed at punishing" anyone, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said of the cut.
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House Republicans mull funding extension; 'Dreamer' deal not set
By Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Republicans considered on Tuesday a stopgap bill to fund the U.S. government through Feb. 16 to avert a shutdown, but the measure would not include Democrats' demands for protections for young people brought to the United States illegally as children. Partisan finger-pointing over immigration policy on Tuesday left Congress and the White House stumbling closer to a possible federal government shutdown by the end of the week. Republicans who control Congress are expected to try to push another stopgap funding bill and get it to President Donald Trump's desk before a midnight Friday deadline when existing money for federal agencies expires.
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Sen. Rand Paul: President Trump Has Had a Year of Accomplishments
The Senator writes that while he has disagreed with the President, the White House's successes with the tax cut, coal mining and foreign aid are major accomplishments
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New discovery of water on Mars could help future missions to the planet
Scientists found eight sites with evidence of ice beneath the martian surface. These discoveries were made based on recent images sent back by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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Chinese solar boom sparks global renewables boon: study
A Chinese boom in solar panel installation last year helped drive global investment in renewable clean energy technology to record levels, a new study showed Tuesday. After a dip in 2016, overall global investment in the sector rose 3.0 percent to a total $333.5 billion, offsetting falls in Japan, Germany and Britain, according to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) study. "The 2017 total is all the more remarkable when you consider that capital costs for the leading technology -– solar -– continue to fall sharply," said BNEF chief executive Jon Moore.
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Donald Trump cancelled his UK visit because he wouldn't get 'the love he believes he deserves', says Michael Wolff
Donald Trump did not cancel his visit to London over a “bad deal,” as he claimed, but out of fear that he would not be met with the adoring crowds he craved. Or so says the author of an explosive new book about the Trump White House. "I think he was probably supported in this decision by the people around him, because they know bad things happen when this president does not receive the love he believes he deserves,” Mr Wolff said.
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California parents accused of starving, shackling children tried to seem normal
David Turpin, a 57-year-old floppy-haired engineer, and his wife Louise, smiled in the pictures and shared a kiss, laughing next to Tinkerbell in one and renewing their marriage vows in Las Vegas in another. "We always thought she was living the perfect life," Louise Turpin's sister, Teresa Robinette, told NBC News from Knoxville, Tennessee.
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Donald Trump Is in Good Physical and Mental Health, White House Doctor Says
President Donald Trump's doctor has recommend that he lose some weight, but said the president is in excellent physical and mental health.
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General Electric Company (GE) Takes a Big Hit From Finance Arm
After a disastrous 2017 for General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), investors hit their first 2018 bump in the road on Tuesday when the company announced it will take a $6.2 billion charge on its fourth-quarter earnings. In addition to the large charge, GE Capital will be suspending its dividend payments to GE. GE stock tumbled more than 3 percent Tuesday morning following the news.
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US withholds $65 million from Palestinian aid programs
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday cut tens of millions of dollars in money for Palestinian refugees, demanding that the U.N. agency responsible for the programs undertake a "fundamental re-examination," the State Department said.
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Police still baffled by discovery 13 starved, abused siblings
By Alan Devall and Bob Mezan PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - Police said on Tuesday they were still seeking answers after finding 13 siblings starving in their parents' squalid Southern California home, some of them chained to beds under "horrific" conditions in an otherwise ordinary suburb. "I wish I could come to you today with information that would explain why this happened," said Captain Greg Fellows of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. "But we do need to acknowledge the courage of the young girl who escaped from that residence to bring attention so they could get the help they so needed." The parents, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested at their darkened, foul-smelling house after the girl's 12 siblings were found there.
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Jane Fonda Busts Out One Shady Comeback For Lily Tomlin’s Face-Lift Joke
Jane Fonda had quite the response to Lily Tomlin's facelift comment pic.twitter.com/2qUUxReqiy—
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U.S. warily eyeing new Russian air defenses in Crimea
By Phil Stewart BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States is assessing the security implications of Russia's latest deployment of S-400 air defenses to Crimea, a U.S. military official said on Tuesday, adding it could give existing Russian defenses more resilience. It doesn't bode well," a senior U.S. official at the U.S. military's European Command said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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Steve Bannon 'subpoenaed by Robert Mueller’s Russian investigation'
Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, has been subpoenaed by the investigation into Russian election meddling, The New York Times has reported.  Mr Bannon will now be legally obliged to give testimony before a grand jury about the Trump campaign’s links to Russia, according to the paper.  The move was taken by investigators led by Robert Mueller, the special counsel tasked with getting to the bottom of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US election.  Last week a new book quoted Mr Bannon as saying a meeting attended by Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr, and Russian-linked figures was “treasonous” and "unpatriotic".  It is believed to be the first time Mr Mueller has used a subpoena – a legal device to force someone to give testimony – since taking over the investigation last year. Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigation Russian election meddling Credit: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File The New York Times suggested the move could be a negotiating tactic, with it still possible that Mr Bannon will give evidence to investigators rather than before a grand jury.  Separately, Mr Bannon was giving evidence to the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee on Tuesday behind closed doors on the same topic.  Mr Bannon, the former executive chairman at Breitbart News, the right-wing website, was Mr Trump’s election campaign chief for the final few months before the vote. He is credited with turning round Mr Trump's fortunes and securing an improbable victory by doubling down on Mr Trump's nationalistic campaign messages.  However the pair have fallen out spectacularly in the new year after Mr Bannon was quoted at length criticising Mr Trump’s family members in the book Fire and Fury. In particular, Mr Bannon’s criticism of a controversial Trump Tower meeting between senior campaign aides and Russian-linked figures before the election infuriated the president.  The meeting was set up after Mr Trump’s son was told that the Russians may have dirt on Hillary Clinton, who was running as the Democratic presidential candidate at the time.  Mr Trump publicly attacked Mr Bannon after the comments came to light.  "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.," he said. 
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Rebel ex-policeman among dead in Venezuela shootout
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Officials in Venezuela confirmed Tuesday that a rebellious police officer who led a brazen helicopter attack in Caracas last year was among those killed in a violent shootout with security forces.
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Ex-Obama Staffer Reflects On Trump's 'Upsetting' Comment To 'Pretty Korean Lady'
Gary Lee, who served as an assistant staff secretary under former President Barack Obama, has shared how President Donald Trump’s reported comments to a Korean-American intelligence analyst embodied the antithesis of his experience with his one-time boss.
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Donald Trump's physical revealed he might be obese — here's how much weight he needs to lose according to his BMI
The results of Donald Trump's first presidential physical were revealed on Tuesday during a White House press briefing and, for the most part, the Commander in Chief received a clean bill of health.
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U.S. House panel to hold hearing on emergency alerts after Hawaii error
A U.S. House of Representatives panel said on Tuesday it planned a hearing to review a false missile alert sent in Hawaii over the weekend that stirred panic and anger in the Pacific island state. The House Energy and Commerce Committee said in a statement that the hearing by one of its subcommittees would discuss safety communications and receive an update from the Federal Communications Commission "on its investigation into the recent false emergency alert event in Hawaii." Authorities blamed human error on the false alarm in Hawaii that was not corrected for 38 minutes. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said on Sunday that Hawaii apparently did not have adequate safeguards in place and that government officials must work to prevent future incidents.
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U.S. judge excludes 70,000 women from Sterling Jewelers sex bias lawsuit
A U.S. judge on Tuesday overturned an arbitrator's ruling allowing about 70,000 women to take part in a nationwide sex discrimination case against Sterling Jewelers Inc even though they had not opted to join. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan ruled that only women who had opted to join the case against Sterling under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act when it was before the arbitrator could stay in the case. David Bouffard, a spokesman for Sterling, said Rakoff's order left 254 women in the Title VII case.
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With charges dropped, man imprisoned for 23 years files suit
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Almost a year after charges against him were formally dropped in a 1992 crime spree, a man who spent more than 20 years behind bars is seeking damages from the New Orleans district attorney's office.
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The Trump Administration Is Appealing a Ruling That Blocked Its Plan to End DACA Protections
A judge temporarily blocked the decision to end protections for young immigrants
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Pay dispute at New York's main produce market could lead to strike
Workers at the market that supplies New York City with much of its fresh fruits and vegetables were prepared to go on strike as early as Wednesday for the first time since 1986 if negotiators failed to reach a pay deal before a contract expires at midnight, their union said. Employers at the sprawling Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market said they were confident of an agreement, but the president of the union said he believed a strike was more likely than not after the current contract expires. “I'm not very optimistic that we’re going to get a settlement, let’s put it that way," Dan Kane, president of Teamsters union Local 202, which represents the workers, said on Tuesday.
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'Chelsea bomber' tried to radicalize fellow inmates, U.S. prosecutors say
The New Jersey man found guilty last year of planting two homemade bombs in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, one of which wounded 30 people, has tried to radicalize fellow inmates with Islamic State and al Qaeda propaganda, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday. Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 29, faces a mandatory life sentence under federal law after being convicted in October of eight counts, including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place. Prosecutors said in a filing in Manhattan federal court that since his conviction, Rahimi had distributed "terrorist propaganda" to other inmates at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center.
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Suspect In Murder Of Student Blaze Bernstein Claims He Was Hitting On Him: Report
The man suspected of murdering Blaze Bernstein, a 19-year-old college student from Orange County, California, told police he believed the victim had been hitting on him, according to a court document obtained by a local newspaper.
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U.S. Navy officers face possible homicide charges over ship collisions
The commanding officers of two U.S. Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions last year in the Pacific Ocean face courts-martial and could be charged with negligent homicide, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Tuesday. The commanding officer of the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer, which collided with a merchant ship near Singapore in August, face possible charges of dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel and negligent homicide, the statement said.
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DHS Secretary Says She Doesn’t Remember Trump Saying THAT Curse Word
WASHINGTON ― Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified under oath on Tuesday that she “did not hear” President Donald Trump refer to African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting last week.
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We Thought We Were Going To Die, So We Fought Over A Tractor
A state employee accidentally pushed the wrong button during a routine shift change drill on Saturday, broadcasting an incoming missile alert to the people of Hawaii.
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How 2 California Parents Could 'Home-School' Their Shackled And Abused Children
Two California parents were arrested over the weekend when police found 12 of their 13 children in filthy conditions, some chained to beds and starving.
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Second U.S. winter storm forces hundreds of flight cancellations
By Alana Wise NEW YORK (Reuters) - A second winter storm in as many weeks is causing hundreds of flight cancellations across the United States, airlines reported on Tuesday, potentially dealing a further blow to carriers' first quarter outlooks. As the storm sweeps across southeast Texas and up the East Coast dumping snow, sleet and freezing rain, airlines have already canceled flights into Wednesday in anticipation of difficult conditions. ...
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Victims of Ex-Team USA Doctor Larry Nassar Share Grim Stories of Abuse at His Hands
Nearly 100 women are expected to give their statements.
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Mother in California House of Horrors Was ‘Perplexed’ When Police Showed Up, Officials Say
“I would call that torture"
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US takes tough stance at allies' North Korea talks
The United States urged an escalation in pressure on North Korea over its nuclear missile program Tuesday, despite a more cautious tone from key US ally South Korea. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, co-hosting the Vancouver event with Canada's foreign minister Chrystia Freeland, called for North Korean ships to be intercepted and for new punitive measures to be implemented every time Pyongyang tests new weapons.
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The 5 Vehicles That Stole the Show at CES
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Spain expected to replace US as 2nd tourism destination
Spain is set to replace the United States as the world's second tourism destination while France has retained the top spot, the UN World Tourism Organization said Monday. "It is expected" that Spain will take the second position with some 82 million visitors last year, UNWTO chief Zurab Pololikashvili told reporters. Pololikashvili did not give any details about the United States, nor did he explain why Spain took the second spot despite a terror attack in August and a highly mediatised independence crisis in tourism magnet Catalonia, home to Barcelona and Costa Brava beaches.
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Victim of ex-USA gymnastics doctor says abuse led to dad's suicide
By Brendan McDermid LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - One of the victims of USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting dozens of girls, on Tuesday blamed the disgraced doctor for her father's suicide. Kyle Stephens, pausing to compose herself during Nassar's sentencing hearing in a courtroom in Lansing, Michigan, said the doctor, a family friend, began molesting her when she was 6 years old and her parents did not believe her when she told them. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for the 54-year-old Nassar, who served as the USA Gymnastics physician through four Olympic Games.
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Dinosaur tail to be auctioned for Mexico quake reconstruction
By Diego Oré MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A fossilized dinosaur tail discovered in Morocco will be auctioned on Tuesday night in Mexico to raise funds for the reconstruction of thousands of schools damaged by two earthquakes that struck the Latin American nation in September. The 4-metre-(13-foot)-long, 180-kg (396-pound) tail will be offered at a reserve price of 1.8 million Mexican pesos ($95,805), according to organizer Morton's Auction House. Anything raised above the reserve price will be donated to the BBVA Bancomer Foundation to help finance the reconstruction of some 5,000 damaged schools.
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Mom of 13 Siblings Found Malnourished and Shackled Was 'Perplexed' When Deputies Arrived
David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, could face charges including torture and child endangerment
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Donald Trump condemned by pastor during sermon while Mike Pence 'sits in pews red-faced'
A pastor has condemned Donald Trump during a sermon while Mike Pence reportedly sat in the church red-faced. Maurice Watson, of the Metropolitan Baptist church in Largo, Maryland, branded Mr Trump’s alleged “s***hole” remark to describe unspecified African nations as “dehumanising” and “ugly”. Mr Trump has denied using the word during a meeting on immigration reform, despite a politician in the room publicly accusing the President of using the slur “repeatedly”.
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders: NBC Gave Trump A Show For A Decade, So He's Not Racist
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended President Donald Trump to reporters on Tuesday, saying that if he’s a racist, “why did NBC give him a show for a decade on TV?” Sanders was answering a question about comments made by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who said on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Monday that the president could prove he’s not a racist by approving the DACA immigration deal a bipartisan committee has already worked out.
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Californians launch bid to create new state after accusing government of 'failing' the people
A group seeking to carve out a breakaway state called New California issued a declaration of independence that asserted California’s existing government had “failed in their oath of office, obligations, and responsibilities as representatives of 'We the People' to provide a republican form of government”. It accuses California politicians of “repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of a Tyranny over the Counties of New California”. “After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono party politics the State of California and many of it’s 58 Counties have become ungovernable,” the group said in a press release.
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The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains In Rome
Their Mortal Remains is an immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world. A story of sound, design and performance, the exhibition chronicles the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band, from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day, illustrating their groundbreaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary.
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U.S. withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid after Trump threat
By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday said it would withhold about half the initial aid it planned to give a U.N. agency that serves the Palestinians, two weeks after President Donald Trump questioned the value of such funding. In announcing that it would provide $60 million to the U.N. Relief and Welfare Agency (UNRWA) while withholding a further $65 million for now, the U.S. State Department said the aid group needed to make unspecified reforms. Palestine Liberation Organization official Wasel Abu Youssef immediately criticized the move, casting it as a deliberate U.S. effort to deny the Palestinians their rights and linking it to Trump's widely criticized Dec. 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
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US attorney general: immigration system undermining national security
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that national security is being undermined by an immigration system that has allowed hundreds of terrorists to enter, as the White House pressed for a sweeping changes to who can enter the country. Days after President Donald Trump sparked an uproar reportedly complaining about immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa as coming from "shithole" countries, the adminstration moved to refocus the debate on the links between open immigration and terror threats. A new report from the Justice and Homeland Security Departments said that nearly three-fourths of the 549 international terror-related convictions in US courts since the September 11, 2001 Al Qaeda attack involved foreign-born individuals, including 148 granted citizenship after arriving in the United States.
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Chrissy Teigen just offered to pay gymnast McKayla Maroney's fine for speaking out against sexual abuse
Chrissy Teigen to the rescue.  The model and cookbook author responded to a report from Daily Mail that revealed gymnast McKayla Maroney, the first to speak out about being sexually abused by USA Gymnastics ex-team doctor Larry Nassar, currently faces a $100,000 fine if she violates a non disclosure agreement with USA Gymnastics and address Nassar at his sentencing.  Teigen spoke out on Tuesday morning against the principles behind the NDA and offered to pay Maroney's fine if the gymnast decided to break the contract.  SEE ALSO: And now, a nice chat featuring Chrissy Teigen, Chelsea Clinton, the Church of Satan, and Hooters "The entire principle of this should be fought," Teigen tweeted. "An NDA to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers, but I would be absolutely honored to pay this fine for you, McKayla."  The entire principle of this should be fought - an NDA to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers, but I would be absolutely honored to pay this fine for you, McKayla. pic.twitter.com/lsBEgEqZpD — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 16, 2018 Buying one's silence on abuse via signed NDAs is a conversation that has cropped up throughout the larger discussion on sexual misconduct, harassment, and abuse in 2017. As reported last year by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker , Harvey Weinstein employed the same tactic USA Gymnastics seems to be using to repress the stories of sexual abuse coming out and striking blows to their reputations of people and institutions.  Maroney has deleted her social media accounts after coming forward with her story last year, but fans have hopped online to offer their support and some are even asking Teigen if they can throw in their contributions, with any remaining money headed towards #MeToo initiatives like Time's Up.  If you set up a GoFundMe, I'd contribute, and any excess can be donated to #TimesUp or a similar cause — Stuart Kliternick (@scoobystu42) January 16, 2018 Can i pitch in? I have like $6. She shouldn’t be silenced. — Pizza Hut (@McDemi) January 16, 2018 Seems like NDAs in general shouldn't be enforceable against disclosing criminal conduct. We need to get some more lawyers on this! — Shailin Thomas (@shailinthomas) January 16, 2018 Suggestion: start a crowd fund to help victims pay NDA fines so that they can share their story to the public! I’d donate. She’s doing the ethical thing by speaking up. Suppression of victims has to stop! #TimesUp #USAgymnasticsComplicit — Katie / Science Based Evidence BearsEars (@Feminists32) January 16, 2018 WATCH: This VR gym makes you work out by playing games
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David and Louise Turpin, Charged With Torturing Their Kids, Believed 'God Called On Them' to Have Big Family: Report
David and Louise Turpin are accused of using chains and padlocks to shackle several of their children to their beds.
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Allied Leaders at Casablanca: The Story Behind a Famous WWII Photo Shoot
The conference took place 75 years ago
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Elvis Impersonator Who Presided as David and Louise Turpin Renewed Their Vows Stunned by Arrest
The couple arrested in the alleged shackling and torture of their children had appeared before Kent Ripley three times to renew their vows.
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Doctor gives Trump a clean bill of health, physical and mental
President Trump needs to lose 10-15 pounds but is generally in excellent health and has no problems “whatsoever” with his mental ability, his official military doctor said Tuesday. Dr. Ronny Jackson predicted that Trump would stay in good health throughout his time in office, even if it stretches to a second term.
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Mormon Church Appoints 93-Year-Old Russell M. Nelson as Its New President
He's the second-oldest man to assume leadership of the church
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U.S. Hispanic Caucus head rejects Senate 'Dreamer' immigration deal
U.S. Democratic Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, expressed opposition on Tuesday to a bipartisan Senate immigration deal set to be unveiled on Wednesday. Lujan Grisham has thrown her weight behind a bipartisan bill being introduced in the House of Representatives that is narrower than the Senate bill and would not address all the immigration issues being sought by the White House.
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Here's How Common the Tide Pod Challenge Really Is
It spread quickly on social media
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Fiat Chrysler won't sell Jeep: CEO
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler (FCA), swatted down speculation Monday that he might sell the group's popular Jeep brand and forecasted a future strategic plan by June in anticipation of his retirement. "We're not going to break up anything," Marchionne said during a question and answer session with reporters at the Detroit auto show. Wall Street has speculated that FCA might sell off or spin off some units, while also exploring alliances.
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Larry Nassar’s Victims Get Their Day In Court: ‘Little Girls Don’t Stay Little Forever’
Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor, listened to more than a dozen of his sexual abuse victims read impact statements in an East Lansing, Michigan, court on Tuesday.
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Mormon church appoints 93-year-old ex-surgeon as president
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church appointed a 93-year-old former heart surgeon Tuesday as its new president, following a longstanding succession plan that aims to keep the faith on course with a minimum of upheaval.
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Ex-CIA officer arrested for retaining classified information
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former Central Intelligence Agency officer was arrested at an U.S. airport on Monday night in connection with charges that he illegally retained highly classified information, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a U.S. citizen who now lives in Hong Kong, used to maintain a top secret clearance and began working for the CIA in 1994. ...
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US pickups craze all about toughness, luxury
When it came time to revamp the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, designers at General Motors knew they needed to beef up the look of the vehicle. GM also added an inch of height and more curves throughout the vehicle to give it more muscle. The revamped Silverado -- a larger pickup typical of those geared almost exclusively to the US market - was just one of an army of pickups unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this week as automakers race to meet runaway demand for the quintessentially American vehicles.
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California Volunteers Share Food With The Homeless, Get Arrested By Police
Volunteers in a Southern California city near San Diego face misdemeanor charges for handing out food to the homeless.
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A new form for the CS Perspective in the Daily
Starting on Monday, Jan. 22, you’ll begin to see how this thinking is now being applied to the Christian Science Perspective. The audio version of the Perspective will now include the full version of the article (not just the short read), and it will be read by the actual author, whenever possible.
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Calif. parents arrested after children found chained to beds
Trace Gallagher reports.
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2019 Mercedes-Benz G-class: All New for the First Time in Nearly 40 Years
The Geländewagen dons a fitted suit and gets modern mechanicals.
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Flight from Denver to Hawaii Diverted After Toilet Troubles on Plane
Toilet troubles caused a United Airlines flight from Denver to Hawaii full of passengers to divert back to land when they were halfway over the Pacific Ocean.
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Pope Francis arrives in Chile
Pope Francis arrived in Chile on Monday for his first big trip of 2018. He'll spend several days in Chile before traveling north to visit Peru. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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First price wars of 2018 include $69 airfares from US to Iceland, and $99 to Paris
Shopping for a travel deal for spring break or Easter? Iceland's ultra-low cost carrier WOW Air is back with a bargain basement deal that includes $69 flights from the US to Iceland, and $89 deals to Europe. 
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Teen fatally shot over iPhone was reportedly killed by a friend, mom says
A New York woman claims her 15-year-old son was fatally shot over an iPhone by one of his own friends.
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What caused false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii?
Former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie explains on 'Fox & Friends First.'
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4 law officers shot in South Carolina, 1 critically hurt
YORK, S.C. (AP) — A man who was wanted for beating his wife ambushed and shot three SWAT officers searching for him in woods in South Carolina, leaving one deputy "hanging on to life,' a sheriff said Tuesday.
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Little 'Rainbow' Dinosaur Discovered by Farmer in China
Iridescent feathers glistened on the dinosaur's head, wings and tail, according to an analysis of the shape and structure of the creature's melanosomes, the parts of cells that contain pigment. "The preservation of this dinosaur is incredible — we were really excited when we realized the level of detail we were able to see on the feathers," study co-researcher Chad Eliason, a postdoctoral researcher at the Field Museum in Chicago, said in a statement. A farmer in northeastern China's Hebei Province discovered the fossil, and the Paleontological Museum of Liaoning in China acquired the find in 2014.
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Whale Rescued After Being Trapped in 285 Feet of Braided Line
The animal expected to survive.
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Early Vikings Revealed Through Two Rare Artifacts Inscribed With Ancient Runic Texts
Two rare artifacts inscribed with ancient letters, or runes, could be the key to a mysterious era of Viking history when they suddenly abandoned their old alphabet and transitioned to a new one. Archaeologists discovered a comb and a small plate while excavating an ancient Viking marketplace in Ribe, the oldest town in Denmark today and a powerful hub during the early Viking Age, according to ScienceNordic. Runes are sets of symbols comprising an alphabet in which each character represents a specific sound.
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Chrissy Teigen just shared an observation about Trump you won't be able to unread
Sometimes it's the simplest observations that are the best. Chrissy Teigen, whose Twitter feed is now so famous it pretty much deserves its own show, is the queen of this. SEE ALSO: 19 times Chrissy Teigen got hilariously angry with stuff on Twitter On Sunday evening, she shared an observation that will surely send ripples far and wide throughout the world: trump became president the same year people started eating tide pods — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 15, 2018 Yep: 2017 will forever be known as both the year that Trump was sworn into office and the year some people started seriously considering ingesting those colourful little laundry detergent bubbles (please, please don't do this, btw). With 42,000 retweets and counting, Teigen's observations seems to have gone over well. Do people eat tide pods because trump is president? Or is trump president because people are dumb enough to eat tide pods — JD (@Johnnydtweets) January 15, 2018 It would be great to get Trump to take the Tidepod challenge. Just tell him Obama did 4 in his mouth at once. — Paul Scheer (@paulscheer) January 15, 2018 It's a strange world. WATCH: Someone shaved Donald Trump into the back of their head and it's frightening AF
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Flu season is in full swing, but not too late to get the vaccine advise experts
With every state in the USA currently reporting widespread flu activity, experts are advising that there is still time to get the flu vaccine in an attempt to reduce the seriousness of this year's strain. This flu season has seen the US hit by a particularly dominant strain of the virus all across the country, with the California Department of Public Health announcing that flu activity in California is at levels usually only seen at the peak of flu season, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reporting 36 confirmed flu deaths this year in the county alone, up from 13 this time last year. Although it has been widely reported that this year's flu vaccine is not particularly effective, Dr. Deborah Lehman, an infectious diseases specialist and a professor of clinical pediatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is still urging the public to get vaccinated.
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Tyler Barriss, accused of making hoax call, regrets death of 'swatting' victim
Tyler Barriss, 25, appears in court for his extradition hearing in Los Angeles, California. Tyler Barriss, the California man accused of making a hoax emergency call that resulted in a fatal police shooting in Kansas, has said he regrets the death of Andrew Finch. Speaking to KWCH-TV from the Kansas jailhouse where he is being held on a $500,000 bond after being charged with involuntary manslaughter, Barris said: “As far as serving any amount of time, I’ll just take responsibility and serve whatever time, or whatever it is that they throw at me.
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Israel slams Palestinian leader over anti-Trump speech
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders slammed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Monday for a fiery, invective-filled speech against President Donald Trump, in which he proclaimed the U.S. role as arbiter of the Mideast conflict over, attacked the administration's envoys and described Israel as a colonial conspiracy.
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Suffering from writer's block? A simple cup of tea gets the creative juices going, scientists say
A simple cup of tea sparks an instant burst of brainpower and creativity, according to a new study - within minutes of drinking a brew. Volunteers in the study almost immediately scored better results in creative and cognition tests than those who had drunk a glass of water, researchers found. The findings suggest it could be the antidote to everything, from writer's block to artists looking for inspiration during brainstorming sessions. Although tea contains caffeine and theanine, both associated with increased attentiveness and alertness, these do not usually take effect instantly. Instead, researchers believe tea works to enhance and create a 'positive' mood which in turn sparks the brain's cognitive regions into life. In tests for the specialist journal Food Quality and Preference, Yan Huang of Peking University's School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences conducted two tests on up to 50 students, with an average age of 23. Perfect cup of tea As the students gave their name, age and other details to researchers, half were given a cup of black tea to drink and the other half a glass of water, before immediately going into one of two different tests. The first test saw them asked to make an "attractive and creative" design out of building blocks and in the second they were asked to come up with a "cool" name for a new noodle restaurant. Their results were judged by other, non-participating, students for creativity and design and marked on a scale by the researchers. In the block building test, the tea drinkers scored 6.54 points against 6.03 points for the water drinkers. In the name test, the tea drinkers scored 4.11 against 3.78. The results show that tea helped both divergent thinking - the process of coming up with a number of new ideas around a central theme and what most people would consider to define creativity. The report said: "This work contributes to understanding the function of tea on creativity and offers a new way to investigate the relationship between food and beverage consumption and the improvement of human cognition." They added: "Two biological ingredients, caffeine and theanine, have beneficial effects on attention, which is an indispensable part of cognitive function. "But the amount of tea ingredients our participants absorbed was relatively small. Also, theanine facilitates long-term sustained attentional processing rather than short-term moment-to-moment attentional processing." Instead, tea is a 'mood enhancer' and this may have been why it worked so well in the short term, it added.
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Trump’s meeting with Kazakhstan president raises questions about human rights and business ties
President Trump proclaimed Tuesday “Religious Freedom Day,” but he spent the afternoon meeting with an authoritarian who has been accused of conducting a brutal campaign of repression against religious minorities and political opponents in his country.
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Selena Gomez's Mom Warned Her About Woody Allen, But She Didn't Listen
A family meeting might be in order because Selena Gomez’s mother and former manager, Mandy Teefey, can’t stop spilling the tea.
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2018: The year the European Union stands and delivers?
At this time last year, the Dutch, French, and Germans were heading toward elections whose stakes were no less than the endurance of the European Union. The postwar project did more than survive the far-right rebellion of 2017: The victory in May of French President Emmanuel Macron over the Euroskeptic Marine Le Pen gave the bloc a decisive boost. Recommended: How much do you know about the EU?
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Victim of ex-USA gymnastics doctor says abuse led to dad's suicide
By Brendan McDermid LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - One of the victims of USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting dozens of girls, on Tuesday blamed the disgraced doctor for her father's suicide. Kyle Stephens, pausing to compose herself during Nassar's sentencing hearing in a courtroom in Lansing, Michigan, said the doctor, a family friend, began molesting her when she was 6 years old and her parents did not believe her when she told them. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for the 54-year-old Nassar, who served as the USA Gymnastics physician through four Olympic Games.
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Towns in the Northeast Are Under Invasion From Ice Jams
Huge chunks of ice are blocking rivers and causing waters to spill into communities
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Who is Gary Lee: Ex-Obama adie's tweets on immigration inspire
Gary Lee is a former Obama aide whose first-ever tweets in response to President Trump's comments on immigration went viral. Lee joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss his remarks.
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EMILY'S List President: Trump Has Empowered American Women — By Accident
Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, shares how she thinks President Trump has affected women during his first year in office.
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Accused Killer Claims Missing UPenn Student Was Trying to Hit on Him
Blaze Bernstein was stabbed more than 20 times
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Temperatures Plunged to -88.6°F in Parts of Russia. Here's What That's Like
Temperatures in the remote, diamond-rich Russian region of Yakutia on Tuesday plunged to minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas.
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Humpback whale entangled in 285ft of rope freed by rescuers off coast of Hawaii
A humpback whale spotted off the coast of Hawaii entangled in 285ft of rope has been freed by rescuers. The animal was first spotted on Thursday by the captain of a fishing boat near Makena Beach, on Maui island. "On release, the animal immediately breached several times," the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a statement.
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On policy, Trump favors one side of red-blue divide
President Trump’s major policy moves over the course of his first year in office have had a common denominator: They either overtly favor his base of support – the roughly one-third of voters who solidly back him – or they appear to penalize those states that vote Democratic. The most striking example is tax reform, which struck a blow against blue-state Americans who tend to pay high state and local taxes, or SALT. Other recent policy moves also appear to have an anti-blue tilt.
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Will Europe speak up for cooperation?
A year ago Chinese President Xi Jinping offered his vision of the world, one in which China plays the lead role in trade and other world affairs. This year President Trump will speak Jan. 26 at this annual forum of world leaders, sharing his views on international cooperation, informed by his oft-stated “America First” philosophy. Will Mr. Trump define the place of the United States in the world narrowly, emphasizing that the US will act only if and when its national interests are clear and the benefits immediate?
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Woman pretends to give birth to her kitten in hilariously weird cat maternity photo shoot
Why should babies get all the attention? Well, cat-loving friends, your time to shine has finally arrived. The age of cat maternity shoots is alive and kicking.  Lucy Schultz and her partner Steven from Denver, Colorado, celebrated their new arrival—an adopted rescue kitten—in the most sweet, if not highly odd, way imaginable. They announced their bundle of joy through a maternity photo shoot, featuring a, uuuh, simulated cat birth.  SEE ALSO: A woman is knitting tiny wool jumpers to keep her chickens warm Schultz, who works as a photographer by day, posted a new life event on Facebook on Saturday along with the highly extra photos from the maternity shoot. Since then, Schultz's post has gone viral, gaining over 70K shares and 37K comments.  "On 1/10/18 we welcome our first baby kitten, a neutered male DLH. He is 22" long and weighed 6 points 7 oz," wrote Schultz. She added that the new addition to the family is "already eating solid food" but that a name was yet to be decided upon.  Several of the photos show Schultz pretending to give birth to the kitten—a detail that's propelled her to viral internet fame as "the lady who gave birth to a cat."  "I can't believe, and also can believe that I'm gonna be known as the lady who gave birth to a cat," Schultz told 9news. Ultimately, though, she says she's OK with people seeing her as a little "odd."  The highly visceral birth shots have garnered much attention. Of course, some commenters expressed confusion. But, the vast majority seem greatly amused by the photos.  "Cat's thinking 'Muh huminz ar stranje,'" wrote one commenter.  "The cat's face says it all," reads another comment.  "I was just so excited to share that I got to adopt my cat—that's been my dream," Schultz continued.  Asked what she'd like to do with her 15 minutes of fame, Schultz says she hopes others will look at the photos and adopt shelter pets too.  Awww, welcome to the family, kitty! WATCH: 2017 seemed like a year of pampering your cat
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Trump administration to appeal 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling
The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday said it will ask the Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling last week that blocked President Donald Trump's move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. The Trump administration will file an appeal of the judge's injunction directly with the conservative-majority Supreme Court as well as seeking to appeal to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the department said. The Republican president in September rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program put in place in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, effective in March.
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(FOTOS) Bienvenido a Oymyakón, el lugar más frío del mundo, donde hasta las pestañas se congelan
AP-. Ni los termómetros han podido soportar la dramática caída de las temperaturas en la remota región rusa de Yakutia, que han alcanzado los -67 grados Celsius (-88.6 grados Fahrenheit) en algunas áreas.
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The Latest: Mother of captive kids 'perplexed' by deputies
PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on family members found shackled in a California home (all times local):
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EU parliament calls for ban on electric pulse fishing
The European Parliament called Tuesday for a ban on electric pulse fishing in the European Union, defying Brussels which wants the experimental practice in the North Sea done on a larger scale. The parliament, the EU's only directly elected body, will now try to strike a compromise with the European Commission, the bloc's executive, and the European Council, which groups the 28 member states.
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Most popular Yahoo News photo galleries of 2017 – The countdown
The countdown of photo galleries that our Yahoo readers liked the best this year! Check back in as we’ll be counting down the top 10 until New Year’s Eve.
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Steve Bannon 'called to testify before grand jury as part of Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation'
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has reportedly been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. The move marked a new tenor to the investigation – the first time a grand jury subpoena was used to compel a top member of the Trump team to testify – even as Mr Trump’s lawyers insisted the special counsel’s probe was winding down. The New York Times said Mr Mueller had summoned Mr Bannon last week, citing a person with direct knowledge of the matter.
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Turkey's Erdogan calls on EU to respond to US's 'terror army' in Syria
Turkey's president has called on Nato to take a stance against the US, a fellow ally, over its plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria. Turkey has been threatening to launch a new military offensive in Syria against Syrian Kurdish militias, which Ankara considers to be terrorists because of their affiliation with a outlawed group fighting an insurgency in southern Turkey. On Monday President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Washington of creating an "army of terror" in Syria, along the border with Turkey, and vowed to crush the US-backed border force. Addressing his ruling party's deputies on Tuesday, Mr Erdogan questioned Nato's stance on the issue, saying: "Hey Nato! You are obliged to make a stance against those who harass and violate the borders of your members." Ties between Turkey and the US have deteriorated over the latter's support of the Kurdish militia, known as the People's Defense Units, or YPG, which Turkey says is a major threat to its security. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks to supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), at a rally in Yozgat, eastern Turkey. Credit: Presidency Press Service The US however has relied on the YPG - the backbone of a Syrian force that drove Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) from much of northern and eastern Syria with the help of US-led airstrikes. The coalition has said the new force, expected to reach 30,000 in the next several years, is a key element of its strategy in Syria to prevent the resurgence of Isil. Mr Erdogan on Tuesday reiterated that Turkey planned an imminent intervention in the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in northern Syria. Turkey has sent reinforcements to its border in recent weeks and Mr Erdogan said this week that Turkish troops were already firing artillery at Afrin from the border. Overnight on Monday, heavy shelling was reported in Afrin and the YPG reported the death of one of  its fighters.  Asked whether he planned to discuss the Kurdish-led border force with President Donald Trump, Mr Erdogan said he had no plans to call the US leader. "We discussed the issue before. He said he would get back to me. I won't call him as long as he does not get back to me," Anadolu quoted Mr Erdogan as saying.   
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16 Easy Halloween Cupcakes You Can Make At Home
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AP source: House panel wants Bannon to explain Comey firing
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel questioned Steve Bannon on Tuesday, aiming to find out President Donald Trump's thinking when he fired FBI Director James Comey, according to a source familiar with the panel's interview of the former White House chief strategist.
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Trump Admin To Transgender Kids: We Won’t Deal With Your Civil Rights Complaints
In Texas, a transgender teenager said his high school discriminated against him for almost two years.
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Trump's Homeland Security Chief Not Sure If Norway Is Mostly White
WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday that she doesn’t know if Norway is predominantly white.
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Wage dispute at NY City's main produce market could lead to strike
The market that supplies New York City with most of its fresh fruits and vegetables faces the prospect of its first work stoppage since 1986 if last-ditch bargaining on Tuesday fails to bridge pay differences in a contract covering 1,100 warehouse workers. “I'm not very optimistic that we’re going to get a settlement, let’s put it that way," said Dan Kane, president of Teamsters union Local 202, which represents the workers. Kane said the union has not issued a strike deadline.
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Widow of Eagles guitarist Frey sues NYC hospital for wrongful death
The widow of Glenn Frey on Tuesday filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan over its treatment of the former co-lead singer and guitarist for The Eagles before he died in January 2016 at age 67. Cindy Frey accused the hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz of negligence for failing to properly treat her late husband's ulcerative colitis, diagnose and treat infection, and advise of the risks and side effects from treatment. As a result, "Glenn Frey was rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled," and suffered pain and mental anguish prior to his Jan. 18, 2016 death, according to the complaint filed in a New York state court in Manhattan.
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Japan says China sent nuclear-powered sub to disputed isles
Japan said Monday that a Chinese naval submarine spotted in waters off flashpoint islands in the East China Sea was one of its new type of nuclear-powered attack vessels. Tokyo's statement comes on the same day that China announced three of its "Coast Guard vessels conducted a patrol in territorial waters off the Diaoyu Islands," Beijing's name for the contested isles called Senkaku in Japan.
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Man brought to US as child says goodbye to family after Trump administration deports him
Thirty years after moving to the United States as a child, a 39-year-old landscaper and father has been deported back to Mexico. Jorge Garcia’s eyes welled up as he said goodbye to his two children ad his wife — all American citizens — Monday in Detroit. United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers stood by, watching him closely.
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Jeep updates Cherokee compact SUV to compete in hot market
DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler's Jeep brand is giving the Cherokee compact SUV a major face-lift so it can better compete in one of the hottest parts of the U.S. automotive market.
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Colorado skier numbers down amid warm, dry winter
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Early season visits to Colorado ski resorts are down between 11 and 13 percent compared with last year because of low snow conditions, operators reported.
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40 Next-Level Chicken Wing Recipes
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Factbox: High-profile recent U.S. captivity cases
- Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight: Former school bus driver Ariel Castro of Cleveland was charged in 2013 with kidnapping three young women and keeping them captive as sex slaves in his Cleveland home for a decade. Neighbors rescued the three after Berry in May 2013 broke out of the room she had been locked in and screamed for help. - Elizabeth Smart: A homeless man named Brian Mitchell, who claimed to be a prophet, kidnapped Smart, then age 14, in 2002.
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President Trump under fire after appearing hog umbrella from Melania Trump and Barron
President Donald Trump is facing a deluge of criticism after appearing to keep an umbrella to himself while leaving his wife and son to brave the elements.
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2019 Jeep Cherokee Updates Appearance, Adds Turbo Engine
Jeep is freshening up its compact Cherokee SUV, replacing the controversial headlights and adding a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The thin-lined headlights have had Jeep loyalists, known for...
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Blaze Bernstein Remembered as Brilliant Writer and Chef as Hundreds Attend Pre-Med Student's Funeral
Authorities arrested Samuel Woodward, 20, on charges related to Bernstein's death on Friday.
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Palestinian Leaders are Calling on President Mahmoud Abbas to Withdraw Recognition of Israel
The Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council declared it should no longer be bound by the 1993 Oslo peace accords
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2019 Jeep Cherokee: The Baby Grand
It wasn't actually broke, but it's been fixed.
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The Latest: UN defends work of Palestinian refugee agency
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local):
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World's fifth largest diamond discovered in Lesotho
A diamond thought to be the fifth largest of gem quality ever found has been discovered in Lesotho, miner Gem Diamonds said Monday, and could be worth as much as $40 million. "Since Gem Diamonds acquired Letseng in 2006, the mine has produced some of the world's most remarkable diamonds, including the 603 carat Lesotho Promise," Gem Diamonds chief executive Clifford Elphick said in a statement.
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DHS secretary defends Trump amid immigration firestorm: ‘We’d like to have people with skills’
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen got into heated exchanges over President Trump’s comments about Haiti and African countries while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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13 siblings, ages 2 to 29, kept shackled in foul California home by parents, officials say
Thirteen siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were kept shackled to their beds amid foul surroundings in a California home by their parents, officials said.
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Chelsea Manning eyes U.S. Senate seat for Maryland
(This January 13 story was refiled to correct paragraph 6 to "transgender") WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. Army soldier who served seven years in military prison for leaking classified data, is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate seat from Maryland, according to Federal election filings seen on Saturday. Manning, who was granted clemency by former U.S. President Barack Obama, was released in May from a U.S. military prison in Kansas where she had been serving time for passing secrets to the WikiLeaks website in the biggest breach of classified data in the history of the United States. Democratic Senator Ben Cardin was elected in 2006 to that seat and is expected to run for re-election this year.
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Kosovo Serb politician killed in drive-by shooting
Prominent Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic was shot dead in a brazen drive-by shooting on Tuesday that risked fanning ethnic tensions in the volatile region. The killers struck on the very day that Belgrade and Pristina resumed EU-moderated talks on normalising ties after a hiatus of more than a year. Both Serbian and Kosovo Albanian officials refrained from explicitly accusing each other of being behind the killing as the international community urged the two sides to remain calm.
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Trump’s Racist Comments May Actually Help Some Immigrants Stay In The U.S.
President Donald Trump’s comments last week that the United States should try to attract immigrants from places like Norway instead of “shithole countries” like Haiti or El Salvador weren’t just racist.
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U.S. government shutdown looms amid harsh immigration exchange
(Note language that may offend some readers, paragraph 8) By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Partisan finger-pointing over immigration policy on Tuesday left the U.S. Congress and the White House stumbling closer to a possible federal government shutdown by the end of the week, although Wall Street held out hopes for a deal to prevent that. Passage of another temporary funding bill by the Republican-led Congress before Friday's deadline seemed the likeliest outcome, said policy analysts, while acknowledging that the negotiating climate among Republicans and Democrats has become increasingly poisonous. As Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin traded accusations over a sudden halt in talks toward a deal to save so-called Dreamer immigrants -- those brought into the country illegally as children -- from deportation, the risks of a shutdown were seen as higher, if not overwhelming.
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North Korea to send orchestra to Winter Olympics as talks continue over single flag at opening ceremony
North Korea will send an 80-piece orchestra and a further 60 singers and dancers to perform concerts in South Korea during the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. The Samjiyon band will perform folk songs and "masterpieces" that call for reunification of the Korean Peninsula in concerts in Seoul and Gangneung, which is hosting a number of events in the Games, Lee Woo-sung, the head of the South Korean delegation to the talks, told reporters. The delegation from Pyongyang made its offer during a second round of discussions on North Korea's participation in the games with their South Korean counterparts on Monday. Speaking at the outset of the meeting, Kwon Hyok-bong, the head of the North's negotiating team, said: "We believe that a great symphony will be enthusiastically received."  The North Korean delegation also included Hyon Song-wol, the glamorous leader of the all-female Moranbong Band and rumoured to have been Kim Jong-un's former girlfriend. The Moranbong Band perform in Pyongyang in 2016 Credit: AFP Ms Hyon, who is believed to be in her late 30s, is so highly regarded by the North Korean dictator that she was named an alternate member of the central committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in October 2017. The opening ceremony for the 16-day tournament is scheduled to take place on February 9, with the next round of talks likely to consider a number of additional proposals from both sides. Discussions continue over the proposal that athletes representing both North and South Korea participate together in the opening and closing ceremonies under a "Korean Unification" flag, a blue outline of the peninsula on a white background. The two sides are also exploring the possibility of fielding a joint women's ice hockey team and have filed a request with the International Olympic Committee. Athletes from North and South marched together with a unification flag at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin Credit: AP If the IOC grants the request, it will be the first time that a unified Korean team will have taken part in an Olympic event. North Korea has also requested that its athletes, officials, media, performers and "cheering squad" members be permitted to travel to Pyeongchang across the Demilitarised Zone that divides the peninsula. Seoul has agreed to guarantee the delegation's safety during its visit. The Samjiyon band is believed to have been formed in the late 2000s, Yonhap news reported, and has previously performed for high-profile foreign visitors to North Korea. Lee Woo-sung, of the South Korean delegation, answers questions after Monday's meetings Credit: AP "The two sides plan to discuss details, including the venue, stage conditions and other matters, through consultations", a joint statement said. "In this regard, the North will send an advance inspection team at an early date". Progress in the discussions to date has been rapid, although Pyongyang hinted on Sunday that there are still hurdles that need to be overcome. Apparently angered at comments by Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, about his continued commitment to removing all nuclear weapons from the peninsula, state media said Pyongyang could still decline to take part. "They should know that the trains and buses carrying our delegation to the Olympics are still in Pyongyang", the Korea Central News Agency said in an editorial. "We will, as ever, strive to improve the North-South ties, but will never remain an onlooker to sordid acts ... chilling the efforts".
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Hawaii's missile alert gaffe: why good human-machine design is critical
Poorly designed critical warning systems need a radical overhaul to prevent a repeat of Hawaii's errant 'ballistic missile threat' alert.
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The United States and Pakistan: Best Frenemies Forever?
New political tensions and demands will create opportunities for Pakistan to build up other relationships in the region at U.S. expense. The United States is once again ratcheting up the pressure on Pakistan to fall in line with U.S. policy in Afghanistan by ending the Afghan Taliban’s enjoyment of safe haven. Unsurprisingly, Pakistan is once again pushing back.
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Japan sees little chance of oil slick from sunk tanker reaching its coast
By Yuka Obayashi TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan sees little chance of the oil spill from a stricken Iranian tanker that sank on Sunday in the East China Sea reaching its shores, an official at the nation's environment ministry said on Tuesday. "Oil spills in general can have a big environmental impact if they reach the coast, but we think that there is little chance of that happening on Japanese seashores for now," the official who helps oversee the marine environment for the ministry told Reuters by telephone. The tanker had been adrift and ablaze after crashing into the freighter CF Crystal (IMO:9497050) on Jan. 6.
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Philippine province declares 'calamity' as volcano lava spreads
A central Philippine province declared a state of calamity on Tuesday as a volcano spewed lava that reached the limits of a six-km radius no-go zone and spread ash on nearby farming villages. Mount Mayon, a volcano in Albay province in the coconut-growing central Bicol region, has been erupting since Saturday and the number of people fleeing their homes had more than doubled on Tuesday to about 25,000, said Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council gave a smaller estimate, saying there were close to 22,000 evacuees.
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Torture investigation launched after 13 believed held captive in California home
Authorities launched an investigation into alleged torture and child endangerment after multiple children were discovered bound, shackled and malnourished.
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Someone Edited 'The Last Jedi' To Make A 'Chauvinist Cut' Without Women
Someone edited “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to remove almost all women from the hit movie and anonymously uploaded the result to The Pirate Bay website on Monday.
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Ford teases 'most powerful street-legal production Ford ever'
A few years ago, Dodge stole a big march on the rest of the muscle car industry by introducing the 707 horsepower Challenger and Charger Hellcat models. Although specially tuned versions of rival cars have been offered since with more horsepower than the Dodge Hellcats can boast, nobody has yet come up with a straight production model to rival them. Ford already caught the industry napping a little by unexpectedly announcing the Mustang Bullitt at this year's Detroit Auto Show, but some commentators had hoped the Blue Oval would have been bolder and gone further by revealing a new Shelby GT500.
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Mystery over death of 15 million Aztecs may be solved after nearly 500 years, study suggests
Scientists believe they may have discovered the cause of an epidemic that struck Mexico’s Aztec population in 1545, killing up to 15 million people. In a paper published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, they describe how DNA extracted from the teeth of 29 skeletons buried in a cemetery in southern Mexico revealed previously unidentified traces of the salmonella enterica bacterium. The epidemic was one of several to hit the indigenous population soon after the arrival of Europeans in the early 16th century.
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Jeep unveils new look and engine for 2019 Cherokee
When Jeep resurrected the Cherokee back in 2013 as a replacement for the little-loved Liberty, it's fair to say the styling wasn't exactly universally appreciated. It did have the Jeep signature features of a seven-slot grille, squared wings and the rest, but the front fascia was just a little too "out there" for some tastes. Now Jeep has gone some way towards taming the look of the Cherokee with the unveiling of a refreshed 2019 model at this week's Detroit Auto Show.
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Report: Porn star said she had yearlong affair with Trump in 2006
Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who was reportedly paid $130,000 by Trump’s lawyer to stay silent, told Slate in 2016 that she carried on an almost year-long sexual relationship with Trump a decade earlier.
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In photos: Luxury chalet to open on peak of Alaskan glacier
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Oil tanker's sinking off China raises environmental fears
The sinking of an Iranian tanker off China could severely damage marine life, environmental experts warned Monday, as state media reported an oil spill covering up to 50 square miles at the scene. The Sanchi, carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, went under on Sunday after a new and massive fire erupted, sending a cloud of black smoke as high as one kilometre above the East China Sea. "Oil spills from the ship are still burning" at the scene, China's transport ministry said Monday.
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Pope arrives in Chile to bolster battered Church credibility
By Dave Sherwood and Philip Pullella SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Pope Francis arrived in Chile on Monday to start a trip aimed at bolstering the credibility of a local Church battered by a sexual abuse crisis. Tens of thousands of people chanting "Viva Papa Francisco" lined the streets of his route from the airport, where he was greeted by President Michelle Bachelet, to the Vatican embassy, his official residence for three days before he moves on to Peru. Bachelet said on social media shortly after greeting Pope Francis that Chilean society was much changed since the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1987, during the dictatorship of the Augusto Pinochet.
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GM takes $7 bn charge due to US tax reform, sees solid 2018
General Motors projected another solid year in 2018 as it ramps up investment in autonomous technology, in releasing its earnings report on Tuesday. The automaker also became the latest big company to announce a hefty charge due to the US tax reform. At a briefing with reporters, GM executives endorsed the US tax cut package enacted last month and said it expects to benefit the company in the long-term.
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Video Shows Firefighter Catching Child Tossed From Burning Building
“We were catching babies like a football"
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Manhunt after leading Kosovo Serb politician gunned down
MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — A leading Serb politician in northern Kosovo was gunned down Tuesday morning, an attack that raised ethnic tensions in the Balkans and prompted the suspension of EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia.
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US pickups craze all about toughness, luxury
When it came time to revamp the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, designers at General Motors knew they needed to beef up the look of the vehicle. GM also added an inch of height and more curves throughout the vehicle to give it more muscle.
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California parents charged with torture of 13 children
A California couple has been charged with torture after police rescued their 13 malnourished children from a home where some of them had been chained to beds. Ryan Brooks reports.
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Immigration policy progress and setback have become pattern for Dreamers
Greisa Martínez Rosas has seen it before: a rare bipartisan breakthrough on immigration policy, offering a glimmer of hope to advocates like herself. Martínez is a Dreamer, one of about 700,000 young undocumented migrants, brought to the US as children, who secured temporary protections through Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or Daca.
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Dunkin' Without the 'Donuts': New Store Tries Out New Name
A Dunkin' Donuts store opening is dropping 'Donuts' from its name
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This Country Is Making It Illegal to Boil Live Lobsters
Some researchers now think lobsters can feel pain
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A Nose for Loot? Dogs Training to Sniff Out Stolen Artifacts
A team of scientists will train dogs to see if the animals can sniff out looted artifacts from the Middle East that are being smuggled into the United States. Now, scientists are hoping the canines can also be trained to sniff out artifacts from Syria and Iraq, war-torn countries that have experienced widespread looting of archaeological sites. "Terrorists, organized crime and common criminals are destroying archaeological sites on an industrial scale to cash in on illegal profits … that is why we need to find out if we can train dogs to help," said Michael Danti, a consulting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, in a statement announcing the creation of the K-9 Artifact Finders research program.
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Burn, Baby, Burn: Australian Birds Steal Fire to Smoke Out Prey
Grassland fires that are deadly and devastating events for many kinds of wildlife are a boon to certain types of birds known as fire foragers. But in Australia, some fire-foraging birds are also fire starters. Three species of raptors — predatory birds with sharp beaks and talons, and keen eyesight — are widely known not only for lurking on the fringes of fires but also for snatching up smoldering grasses or branches and using them to kindle fresh flames, to smoke out mammal and insect prey.
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Wreck of Dutch Warship Found Buried Beneath Coral
Divers in the blue waters around the Yucatán Peninsula have discovered three historic treasures: a sunken lighthouse and the remains of an 18th-century Dutch warship and a 19th-century British steamer, according to Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). The battered wrecks were found near the coastal town of Sisal, Mexico, a modern beach destination that was once a bustling port in the 18th and 19th centuries. The shipwrecks were laden with artifacts, including cannons, cutlery and porcelain, said archaeologist Helena Barba Meinecke, head of the INAH's underwater archaeology of the Yucatán Peninsula.
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26 Insanely Flavorful Ways To Cook With Lime
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US allies from Korean War meet on North Korean nuke threat
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson huddles Tuesday with nations that fought on America's side in the Korean War, looking to tighten the economic noose around North Korea over its nuclear weapons even as hopes rise for diplomacy.
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Tweeters Ridicule Donald Trump Over 'Uninspired' New Nickname For Political Rival
Folks online think President Donald Trump sucks at the nickname game.
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World's largest sea turtle could come off 'endangered' list
Federal ocean managers say it might be time to move the East Coast population of the world's largest turtle from the United States' list of endangered animals.
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Triple-murder investigation underway after woman, 2 men found dead in Palmdale home
Two men and a woman have been found dead in Palmdale in an incident that authorities are investigating as a triple murder.
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You Lie More When Speaking a Second Language
It’s not a matter of proficiency: Karin is equally fluent in German and English, but her emotional experiences are bound more strongly to her mother tongue, simply because she experienced more fundamental, defining emotions as a child. This article was originally published on The Conversation.
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Venezuela says five 'terrorists' arrested, others killed after shootout
By Alexandra Ulmer and Andreina Aponte CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities on Monday arrested five members of a "terrorist cell" linked to self-proclaimed rogue Venezuelan helicopter pilot Oscar Perez, and killed several other militants during a shootout in a poor area outside Caracas. Perez appeared with a bloody face in nearly a dozen dramatic Instagram videos early on Monday, saying that he was surrounded by authorities shooting at him with grenade launchers. State television later read out an official statement that said two police officers were gunned down in the clashes but did not specify Perez' fate.
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This Is the World's Fastest Plane (And Its Rotting in A Museum)
The SR-71’s JP-7 fuel—which also had to be carried onboard specialized KC-135Q tankers to refuel the Blackbird—was designed to be a safe, high-flashpoint fuel that would not vaporize or blow up under extreme heat and pressure. Capable of cruising at speeds in excess of Mach 3.2, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft to ever to see operational service.
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Are our better lives today robbing future generations of a livable world tomorrow?
People who live in developed nations are, by many measures, healthier than ever before. Yet the planet has borne an onslaught of environmental insults — climate change chief among them — unlike any in human history. This alone threatens everyone’s well-being, a conundrum that scientists call the “ecological paradox.” They believe humans are forfeiting the health of future generations…
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Pastor denounces Donald Trump, with Mike Pence in the congregation
Vice-President Mike Pence’s office denied that he became red-faced at times during the sermon. A Maryland pastor denounced Donald Trump’s alleged vulgar description of African nations from the pulpit on Sunday – while Mike Pence, the vice-president, was sitting in the pews of his church. Maurice Watson, pastor of Metropolitan Baptist church in Largo, said remarks in which Trump reportedly used the word “shithole” to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African nations were “dehumanizing” and “ugly”.
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Russians accused of murdering Ukraine rebel on British soil
Russians murdered a man on British soil by torturing and burning him in his car, Ukrainian rebels have claimed. Mikus Alps, 33, was reported missing from his home in Guernsey last week. A shotgun and human remains were subsequently found in the Latvian’s burnt out car on the island’s south coast. He was said to have been a member of a volunteer brigade trying to expel Putin's troops from the Crimea for the last two years. Andriy Gergert, commander of the eighth detached battalion of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army, wrote on Facebook: "He was tortured and burnt in the car he used for the military needs of the battalion. “The Sicilian Mafia is a kindergarten compared to the methods used by the Kremlin to achieve its imperialist goals. For them there is no difference whether they kill in eastern Ukraine or in centre of Europe. And they won't stop. “I have no doubt that this was the Muscovites.” Friends of Mr Alps said he regularly handed over used cars to Ukrainian volunteers and had been threatened for providing aid to a Ukrainian battalion in Donbass. Patrick Rice, Guernsey's head of law enforcement, revealed that a “sombre and reflective” letter purporting to be from Mr Alps had been handed in to the station. He added: "We are aware that Mr Alps has connections with a pro-Ukrainian and anti-Russian movement. "Given that it is yet to be formally confirmed whether Mr Alps is alive or deceased, there is no concrete evidence at this stage linking his involvement with this movement to his car being found burnt out." Forensic investigations will be completed later this week.
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Former Fiat Chrysler exec expected to plead guilty in payments probe: sources
Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV vice president Alphons Iacobelli is expected to plead guilty in connection with a U.S. Justice Department investigation into allegations he made at least $1.2 million in improper payments to a former union vice president and his wife, two people briefed on the matter said on Tuesday. Iacobelli, a former Fiat Chrysler vice president of employee relations, was charged in July in U.S. District Court in Detroit with taking part in a conspiracy to pay prohibited money and gifts to United Auto Workers union officials.
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This "Rainbow" Dinosaur Found in China Was Probably a Magnet for Mating
If it works for hummingbirds, it must have worked for dinosaurs, right?
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Philippine Congress starts debate that may extend Duterte term
Philippine lawmakers on Tuesday began formal proceedings on changing the government into a federal system that could allow President Rodrigo Duterte to stay in office for more than a decade. The proposed shift from a unitary system would give the next president two five-year terms and strong federal powers over a nation that would be divided into five federal states, congressional leader Roger Mercado said. Although the proposed charter calls for a federal, parliamentary system with the prime minister as head of government, the president would still have vast powers, Mercado, a member of Duterte's ruling coalition, said.
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Massive oil spill spreads in East China Sea, could be world's largest in decades
What could be the largest oil spill since 1989's Exxon Valdez is unfolding in the East China Sea after a deadly and fiery collision between two vessels caused a tanker to sink. All 32 crew members are thought to have died aboard the Iranian vessel "Sanchi," which was carrying about 1 million barrels of condensate.  According to Bloomberg News, the ship was transporting hydrocarbon liquid that's a key ingredient for making petrochemicals, including jet fuel. It was headed to the port of Daesan, South Korea when it struck the transport ship "CF Crystal" off China's eastern coast.  SEE ALSO: This chatbot wants to cut through the noise on climate science The tanker and its associated oil slick had been on fire for days after the collision. While the fire likely killed all aboard the ship, it was seen by environmental experts as a way to minimize the broader impacts of the spill, since the flames burned off the lightweight condensate on the ocean surface.   However, the fire is now out, and the ship has sunk, raising the possibility that the harmful cargo is going directly into the sea.  The cargo is different than the crude oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez in 1989, but if all the condensate were to leak into the ocean, it would rank as the biggest spill in decades.  Much remains unknown about the fate of the cargo, and therefore similar can be said about what the environmental impacts will be. Reports in recent days are not encouraging, since there is word of a rapidly spreading oil slick on the surface of the ocean. Citing Chinese authorities, Bloomberg reported that the spill expanded from 3.9 square miles to 52 square miles between Sunday and Monday local time.   An oil spill in the heavily trafficked East China Sea could have significant environmental repercussions. Humpback whales travel through that area, and heavily fished species such as mackerel and bluefin also spend time in that area.  “It is virtually certain that much of the condensate went into the sea in solution, and that toxic underwater hydrocarbon plume will injure marine life exposed to it,” Richard Steiner, an oil spill specialist based in Alaska, told Bloomberg. “Even the burned fraction will leave a toxic residue on the water.” Ma Jun, a Chinese environmentalist, was quoted by CNN as saying the spill took place in one of the most productive fishing areas in the country, known as the Zhoushan fishing ground.  A handout photo made available by the Transport Ministry of China shows smoke rising from the fire on the Panama-registered tanker 'Sanchi' on Jan. 14, 2018.Image: TRANSPORT MINISTRY OF CHINA HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock"We still need to keep an eye on how these contaminants might be carried by the ocean flow to have the impact on the fishing ground," Jun told CNN.  According to Greenpeace International, it's not clear how large this environmental disaster will be, since the amount of condensate that leaked into the water is unknown.  "A major concern is that, now that the tanker has sunk, any condensate which did not yet burn off could continue to leak underwater, disperse and break down quite quickly, significantly complicating clean up operations," the environmental advocacy organization stated in a Jan. 15 fact sheet.  WATCH: 2017 is about to be one of the hottest years of all time
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‘This Is a Highly Respectable Family.’ Grandmother Defends Couple Accused in California 'House of Horrors'
“They were very protective of the kids,” David Allen Turpin's mother said
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As US tightens stance on migrants and refugees, is Mexico prepared to take more?
It took more than a year, thousands of miles of travel, and a medical exam by a pair of volunteer midwives in the back of a car for C., a Honduran migrant in Mexico, to learn the real value of her temporary humanitarian visa. C.’s visa includes medical care, permission to work legally in Mexico, and the security of having “papers” to show when police stop her on the street. Recommended: How much do you know about Mexico?
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U.S. healthcare uninsured rises most in near decade: Gallup
By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans without healthcare insurance rose by 3.2 million people between 2016 and 2017, or 1.3 percentage points to 12.2 percent, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday, the biggest jump in the uninsured rate in nearly a decade. Several factors likely contributed to the jump, Gallup said, including attempts by Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress and the White House, to repeal and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare. The law extended health insurance to 20 million Americans.
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The Story Behind Google's Martin Luther King Day Commemorative Doodle
Cannaday Chapman produced Monday's doodle.
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California parents charged with torture of 13 children
A California couple has been charged with torture after police rescued their 13 malnourished children from a home where some of them had been chained to beds. Ryan Brooks reports.
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White House appears to confirm Donald Trump 's***hole countries' comments
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not deny that Donald Trump had called Haiti and some African nations "s***hole countries" on Tuesday, saying the President himself had never denied using harsh language on immigration. "This is an important issue, he’s passionate about it, he’s not going to apologise for trying to fix our immigration system," she added.
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Kosovo Serb leader shot dead in divided town of Mitrovica
By Fatos Bytyci and Ivana Sekularac PRISTINA/BELGRADE (Reuters) - Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic, who was standing trial over the killings of ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war, was shot dead on Tuesday in what Serbia called an act of terrorism. The killing increased tension between Kosovo and Serbia, and a round of European Union-sponsored dialogue on a normalisation of relations that was due to take place in Brussels was suspended at the request of Belgrade. The European Union and United States called on both sides to remain calm and for Kosovo authorities to bring the killers to justice without delay.
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Ancient Egyptian Mummies from 4,000 Years Ago Shared a Mommy, DNA from Teeth Reveals
Two millennia-old Egyptian mummies long believed to be brothers are actually half siblings, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. The researchers argue the two men shared a mother but had different fathers, which may in turn suggest that the civilization valued a mother's influence more than scholars had realized.
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French prison guards block jails after attack by Qaeda convict
French prison officers blocked access to several jails around the country on Monday to demand tighter security after three officers were injured in an attack by a German terror convict last week. The officers' unions say the blade attack by Christian Ganczarski, who is serving an 18-year sentence over the 2002 bombing of a Tunisian synagogue, illustrated the lax approach of prison authorities to violent convicts. An anti-terror judge has charged Ganczarski with attempted murder for the attack on the officers, judicial sources told AFP late Monday.
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Pineapple Casserole, The Southern Dish That's A Paradox Of Flavors
When someone dies, we instinctively possess the urge to find that person’s loved ones and fill their refrigerators with an absurd amount of food.
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EU sets 2030 target for recyclable plastic packaging
The European Union unveiled plans Tuesday for all plastic packaging in Europe to be recyclable by 2030 and phase out single-use plastic like coffee cups to fight pollution. The strategy announced by the European Commission, the EU-executive, follows China's decision to ban imports of foreign products to be recycled, including huge quantities from Europe. "The commission aims to increase plastic recycling and for all plastic packaging to be reusable or recyclable by 2030," the executive body said.
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You Lie More When Speaking a Second Language
It’s not a matter of proficiency: Karin is equally fluent in German and English, but her emotional experiences are bound more strongly to her mother tongue, simply because she experienced more fundamental, defining emotions as a child. This article was originally published on The Conversation.
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Ancient Egyptian Mummies from 4,000 Years Ago Shared a Mommy, DNA from Teeth Reveals
Two millennia-old Egyptian mummies long believed to be brothers are actually half siblings, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. The researchers argue the two men shared a mother but had different fathers, which may in turn suggest that the civilization valued a mother's influence more than scholars had realized.
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Ericsson books Q4 goodwill impairment in digial and media arms
Swedish mobile network gear maker Ericsson booked an impairment of 14.2 billion crowns ($1.8 billion) in the fourth quarter, related primarily to goodwill in its digital and media operations, hitting operating income but not cashflow. "The majority of goodwill originates from investments made 10 years ago or more, and has limited relevance for Ericsson's business going forward," Ericsson said in a statement. Once the world's biggest manufacturer of mobile network gear, Ericsson has been hit by competition from Huawei [HWT.UL] and Nokia , while telecom operator spending has slumped ahead of the roll-out of next-generation 5G technology.
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Bannon before House Intelligence Committee over Trump-Russia links amid escalating war with President
Steve Bannon is in Washington DC to testify before members of Congress investigating alleged links between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Kremlin. The House Intelligence Committee is grilling the former White House chief strategist behind closed doors on Tuesday following his spectacular fall from power, during which he accused the President’s son and others of “treasonous” behaviour for taking a meeting with Russians during the 2016 campaign. The testimony comes just one week after a very public excommunication from Mr Trump’s closest confidants following the publication of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury.
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Merck's Keytruda extends lung cancer survival in combination trial
A cocktail of Merck & Co Inc's blockbuster drug Keytruda and two chemotherapy medicines helped lung cancer patients live longer and stopped the disease from advancing, early results from a key study showed on Tuesday. Merck's shares rose 6.2 percent to $62.29 after data from the late-stage study. The results cement Merck's position as a front-runner in the race to develop drugs that can be used as the initial or first-line treatment for patients with a common type of lung cancer.
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Leader of Britain's UKIP splits with girlfriend after "appalling" Markle comments
The leader of Britain's anti-European Union UKIP Party said he had split with his new girlfriend after a newspaper published derogatory comments she made about Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle and black people.
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Erdogan: NATO must take stance against US over border force
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on NATO to take a stance against the United States, a fellow ally, over its plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria.
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2019 Acura RDX Prototype: A Thinly Veiled Peek at the Production Model
A return to turbocharging and sportiness.
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Top U.S. general says 'not giving up' on Pakistan ties
The top U.S. military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said on Monday he was committed to the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, which has been strained in recent weeks as Washington piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants. The United States has long blamed militant safe-havens in Pakistan for prolonging the war in neighboring Afghanistan, giving insurgents, including from the Haqqani network, a place to plot attacks and rebuild their forces.
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#2 of 10 Most Popular News Galleries of 2017: White House renovations are revealed
A new batch of photos has been released illustrating 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue's face-lift, which kicked into high gear earlier this summer when President Trump began a 17-day working vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.
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UAE to file complaint over Qatar flight 'interception'
The UAE will lodge a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization after Qatari jets came within little more than three kilometres of Emirati passenger flights, its civil aviation chief said on Tuesday. "Today we will file our complaint to the International Civil Aviation Organization about the two serious incidents, along with the evidence that we've gathered, and ask for the intervention of the council to stop Qatar from repeating the act," Saif al-Suwaidi, head of the general civil aviation authority, told AFP. The United Arab Emirates said on Monday that Qatari fighter jets had "intercepted" two passenger flights headed for Bahrain, drawing a swift denial from Gulf rival Qatar.
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Missile-alert error reveals uncertainty about how to react
HONOLULU (AP) — When Jonathan Scheuer got an alert on his phone of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii, he and his family didn't know what to do. They went to their guest bedroom, then decided it would be safer on the ground floor of their Honolulu home.
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What Bitcoin’s “80% Mined” Landmark Means for Cryptocurrency’s Price
The cryptocurrency has hit a major milestone.
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NASA captures rare image of a distant galaxy nearly as old as the Universe itself
When astronomers at NASA capture images of far-off galaxies, they typically appear only as tiny red dots. These distant celestial bodies are so far away that even the strongest telescopes are usually incapable of distinguishing between the many stars contained within a galaxy. In an exciting turn of events, however, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope managed to capture a rare up-close view of the farthest and oldest galaxy known to man. In fact, this particular galaxy is so old that it's nearly as old as the Universe itself. In a remarkable case of being in the right place at the right time, NASA scientists managed to capture a remarkably detailed shot of a galaxy called SPT0615-JD. The name might not be very catchy, but the significance of this image is huge. The image below shows the oldest galaxy known to man with an amount of detail that should be impossible. "This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the farthest galaxy yet seen in an image that has been stretched and amplified by a phenomenon called gravitational lensing," NASA explained in a post on its website . NASA explains that several early galaxies in this age range have been photographed in the past, they have always appeared merely as small red dots because of their small size and the tremendous distance between these galaxies and Earth. In this case, however, a happy accident allowed NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to capture a surprising amount of detail. The gravitational field created by a cluster of galaxies called SPT-CL J0615-5746 that sits between us and SPT0615-JD distorted light in such a way that the image above could be captured. "The gravitational field of a massive foreground galaxy cluster, called SPT-CL J0615-5746, not only amplified the light from the background galaxy but also smeared the image of it into an arc (about 2 arcseconds long)," NASA explained. "Image analysis shows that the galaxy weighs in at no more than 3 billion solar masses (roughly 1/100th the mass of our fully grown Milky Way galaxy). It is less than 2,500 light-years across, half the size of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. The object is considered prototypical of young galaxies that emerged during the epoch shortly after the big bang." According to astronomers, the SPT0615-JD galaxy has existed for more than 13 billion years. The Universe itself is believed to be between 13 billion and 14 billion years old, which means SPT0615-JD could be among the first galaxies created by the Big Bang.
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Kensho's Space index
Here's how Kensho's Space index fared in 2017.
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China says North Korea talks in Vancouver 'not legal'
China on Tuesday dismissed an international meeting on the North Korean nuclear crisis hosted by Canada and the United States as illegitimate, as major players like Beijing were not present. The absence of Russia and China from the two days of talks in Vancouver, which began on Monday, shows the holes in Washington's bid to form a unified global front against North Korea's nuclear threat. "The most important relevant parties of the Korean peninsula issue haven't taken part in the meeting so I don't think the meeting is legal or representative," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular briefing.
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Bitcoin, rival cryptocurrencies plunge on crackdown fears
Bitcoin slid as much as 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week low, as fears of a regulatory crackdown on the market spread after reports suggested it was still possible that South Korea could ban trading in cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin's slide triggered a selloff across the broader cryptocurrency market, with biggest rival Ethereum down 23 percent on the day at one point, according to trade website Coinmarketcap, and the next-biggest, Ripple, plunging by as much as a third. Bitcoin traded as low as $11,191.59 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange.
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The Real Meaning of the Separation of Church and State
It is too important a concept to be misused
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4 South Carolina Police Officers Shot Responding to Domestic Disturbance Call
The suspect was also wounded
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U.S. top court rejects former New York lawmaker Silver's appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's bid to avoid a retrial on corruption charges after his 2015 conviction was thrown out by a lower court. Silver, a Democrat, had appealed a 2017 ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan that sufficient evidence existed to prove various corruption charges against him even though it had thrown out his convictions.
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Incredible footage shows firefighter catching child thrown from balcony
If you ever doubted the bravery of firefighters (for argument's sake, because why would anyone do that) let this video be the living proof that they are, in fact, heroes. SEE ALSO: Terrifying footage shows the cruise that traveled through the bomb cyclone On Monday DeKalb County Fire Department released helmet-cam footage, showing the moment when a firefighter caught a child who was thrown off the third story of a burning apartment building on 3 January in Decatur, Georgia.  This wasn't the only child to be thrown from the building.  "We were catching babies like a football — literally," County Fire Rescue Capt. Eric Jackson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution . According to reports there were four adults and eight children injured, with the youngest being one month old. "As she was starting to go up the ladder, she gets tossed a blue blanket - it just so happens there was a baby inside" - Capt. Eric Jackson details the heroic efforts of the Dekalb County Fire and Rescue firefighters https://t.co/H3OYyYBgWu pic.twitter.com/36wnTx8x2y — CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) January 15, 2018 The firefighter in the video has been identified as Captain Scott Stroup. To him, and to all the firefighters involved, hats off. WATCH: This VR gym makes you work out by playing games
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Julia Stiles Had a Secret "Shotgun" Wedding Over Labor Day Weekend
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GE to take $6.2 billion charge in its finance arm
(Reuters) - General Electric Co will record an after-tax charge of $6.2 billion in its fourth quarter results as part of an ongoing review of its finance arm's insurance portfolio, the company said. GE shares were down 3.7 percent in premarket trading on Tuesday. The company, which started the review last year, also said its GE Capital unit expects to make statutory reserve contributions of about $15 billion over seven years.
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Turpin family: Parents charged with torture after 13 'starving' children found chained to beds in filthy California home
A couple have been charged with torture after police rescued their 13 malnourished children, some of whom had been chained to beds in their filthy and darkened home. “Further investigation revealed several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings, but the parents were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner,” the department said. “Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that seven of them were actually adults,” police said in a statement.
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Turpin family: Imprisoned children acted 'like they had never seen people before', neighbours say
Neighbours of two parents charged with torturing their children and chaining them to beds have described the 13 siblings as acting “like they had never seen people before”. David and Louise Turpin each face nine counts of torture and 10 of child endangerment after police found their offspring, aged two to 29, malnourished in their darkened and filthy home. When Riverside County deputies arrived at the suburban house they found a number of the children chained and padlocked to beds in “dark and foul-smelling surroundings”.
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Citi profit tops estimates; books $22 billion tax charge
(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc on Tuesday reported quarterly profit that topped Wall Street expectations as growth in its global consumer banking business, led by solid gains in Asia and Latin America, made up for lower trading revenue. In premarket trading, Citigroup shares were up 2.8 percent at $79 - their highest point since Dec. 18, 2008. While the new tax law is expected to bring long-term gains for banks doing business around the world, several Wall Street banks have said they would take a charge in the fourth quarter from the legislation.
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Simone Biles, 5-Time Olympic Medalist, Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her, Too
Gymnast Simone Biles has come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Larry Nassar, the former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University who has been accused of abusing more than 140 women.
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Homeland Security chief: Deporting 'Dreamers' not top priority
Deporting immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children will not be a top federal law enforcement priority even if lawmakers do not pass a program to protect them, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security chief said in an interview aired on Tuesday. Kirstjen Nielsen, speaking ahead of a congressional hearing, told CBS News that as long as so-called Dreamers have registered with federal authorities they will not be a top target even after U.S. President Donald Trump moved to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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Prominent Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic killed in drive-by shooting
Leading Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic was killed in a brazen drive-by shooting on Tuesday that could reignite ethnic tensions in the region. The assassination of Ivanovic - who was facing a retrial on war crimes charges over the 1990s Kosovo conflict - occurred on the very day that Belgrade and Pristina resumed talks on normalising ties after a hiatus of more than a year. The Serbian government official in charge of Kosovo, Marko Djuric, described the murder as a "a criminal, terrorist act against the entire Serbian people". A poster bearing a picture of Oliver Ivanovic hangs on the wall of his offices after he was killed in a brazen drive-by shooting in Mitrovica  Credit: ARMEND NIMANI/AFP/Getty Images Ivanovic, 64, was shot dead by gunmen firing from a car as he arrived at the headquarters of his party in the flashpoint town of Mitrovica at about 8:15 am (7.15am GMT), according to police. "I am informed that he was shot dead on the spot and efforts to revive him at Mitrovica hospital were unsuccessful," his lawyer Nebojsa Vlajic told AFP. Kosovo police officers secure the area where leading Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic was killed in Mitrovica Credit: ARMEND NIMANI/AFP/Getty Images He said Ivanovic, a moderate politician who had been a critic of Belgrade's policies in Kosovo, was hit by five bullets. Police said they found a burnt-out car that was presumably used in the attack, local media reported. Public prosecutor Shyqri Syla told AFP that investigators were at the scene, but that it was not yet known who was behind the attack. Ethnically divided town  An EU-backed Kosovo court sentenced Ivanovic in 2015 to a nine-year jail term after it found him guilty of encouraging the killings of captured ethnic Albanian civilians in Kosovska Mitrovica in April 1999. In February last year, a Pristina appeals court quashed the sentence and ordered a retrial for Ivanovic, who had been in detention since his arrest in January 2014 until the court's decision. Oliver Ivanovic, shakes hands with the Nato Commander George Johnson, in the Serbian part of the ethnically divided town of Kosovska Mitrovica, on May 16, 2004 Credit:  AFP The Social Democratic Party politician was considered a moderate in the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica. Last year he was elected a deputy on the municipal council of northern Mitrovica. Mitrovica is a town of 85,000 people where tensions remain high between the majority ethnic Albanian residents who number about 72,000 and the 13,000-strong Serb community, A former Serbian state secretary for Kosovo, Ivanovic was a key interlocutor with NATO, the United Nations and later the European Union after the war and was seen as backing dialogue with Kosovo's ethnic Albanians. Ivanovic, who graduated in both mechanics and economics, was a rare Kosovo Serb politician in that he spoke Albanian and had publicly spoken out against Belgrade's policies in Kosovo. 'Must be brought to justice'  Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic swiftly called an emergency meeting of the Council for national security after the shooting, national broadcaster RTS reported. "Whoever is behind this attack... whether these are Albanian, Serb or any other criminals, they have to be punished, they have to be brought to justice," Djuric said in Brussels, where he was heading the delegation due to hold talks with Kosovo Albanians on Tuesday. Oliver Ivanovic, center, leaves the prison in the northern, Serb-dominated part of Mitrovica, Kosovo, in February 2017 Credit:  AP However, after the assassination, the Belgrade delegation walked out of the talks, according to local media in Belgrade. Under pressure from the international community and European Union auspices, Kosovo and Serbia have been trying to normalise ties for 20 years since the start of a bloody war that claimed 13,000 lives, mostly ethnic Albanians. The 1998-99 war between Serbian security forces and Kosovo Albanian guerrillas was ended by a NATO air campaign. Predominantly ethnic Albanian Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in February 2008. But Belgrade has rejected the move and still considers the breakaway territory as its southern province. About 120,000 of Kosovo's 1.8 million inhabitants are ethnic Serbs. 
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Heart-Stopping Video Shows NYPD Cop Dragged by Car in Dramatic Times Square Chase
After he's hit by the vehicle, NYPD Officer Ian Wallace gets up and pursues the suspect on foot.
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Japanese News Outlet Mistakenly Sends North Korean Missile Alert
A Japanese broadcaster on Tuesday erroneously sent a mobile app alert announcing that North Korea had launched a missile.
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7 Images that Explain the California Mudslides
Rains after wildfires create a terrible recipe for disaster.
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A school in Kenya is producing the next generation of engineers
In Kenya, youth under 25 years old make up the largest number of people unemployed in the country, according to The World Bank. Audrey Cheng, 24, is trying to change that.
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Activists hold Martin Luther King Jr. Day marches
Across the country, activists, politicians and citizens alike reacted to recent comments made by President Trump during a meeting on immigration that seemed to denigrate Haiti and African nations.
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For Senegal island's residents, famed slavery heritage site incurs a cost
Each day, Deguène Gaye watches the ferry chug in from the mainland, disgorging a herd of sunburned tourists onto Gorée Island’s white-sand beaches. From there, she knows, they’ll probably trace a familiar itinerary, following their guides somberly past a memorial to the transatlantic slave trade and then to the famous House of Slaves, a candy-pink building that claims to be the departure point for millions of Africans sent to the Americas.
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The Latest: UN official condemns slaying of Serb politician
MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a Serb politician in Kosovo (all times local):
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Strikes hit Greece over move to curb industrial action
Strikes on Monday crippled public transport in Athens and hit air traffic ahead of a parliamentary vote on controversial reforms demanded by Greece's creditors, including curbs on industrial action. Apart from introducing much larger quorums on unions to call a strike, the 100-odd reforms also provide for the foreclosure and online auction of properties belonging to bad debt holders. Both measures are fiercely opposed by leftists and trade unions.
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Mar-a-Lago, President Trump's 'Winter White House,' Has Been Cited for Poor Maintenance
Health inspectors found 15 violations in the club's two main kitchens
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Several dead in operation to arrest rogue Venezuela pilot Óscar Pérez
Two police officers were killed outside Caracas as security forces closed in on a rogue pilot and former policeman who stole a helicopter and bombed government buildings in an audacious stunt that inspired protesters across Venezuela. Police traced Óscar Pérez to a run-down area near the capital on Monday after six months on the run following his air raid in June last year. According to the Ministry of the Interior and Justice, five members of the “terrorist cell” were arrested in a shootout that lasted several hours and left five injured.  Mr Pérez raised the alarm in typically dramatic fashion with a series of posts on Instagram showing him with a bloody face as he claimed to be under siege from regime forces. He was cornered by special security forces in his hiding place in El Junquito, a poor area 25 km northwest of Caracas, according to Venezuelan authorities.  "They are firing at us with grenade launchers, we said we were going to surrender and they don’t want to let us surrender, they want to kill us" Mr Pérez said in one of the videos published online during the siege. Police vehicles seen lining a street during a shootout between security forces and rogue Venezuelan helicopter pilot Oscar Perez Credit:  MARCO BELLO/ REUTERS Diosdado Cabello, President Nicolás Maduro's second in command, confirmed the gunfight on his Twitter account last night. “The terrorist Óscar Pérez and his band opened fire on the police, killing a policeman, wounding 10, three of them seriously” he wrote.  State television also confirmed the arrests, although Mr Pérez’s fate was last night unkonwn.  Mr Pérez, a former police pilot, has been missing since last June when he hijacked a police helicopter and tossed grenades on the Interior Ministry and Supreme Court. There were no injuries or fatalities.  He went into hiding immediately after the attack, but sent messages on social media calling for a rebellion against the government of President Maduro, whom he blames for the economic crisis that the country is facing.  Members of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) patrol Caracas as an operation to capture Oscar Perez Credit: AFP/JUAN BARRETO The attack occurred in the midst of a wave of protests against Mr Maduro's as he dismantled the opposition-held legislative and replaced it with a puppet congress. The uprising left more than 100 dead last year. Accused of terrorism, for months Mr Pérez was the subject of "wanted" posters pasted across Venezuela as authorities attempted to calm simmering tensions. His group was also accused of breaking into a National Guard building on December 18 and stealing military weapons.  Mr Pérez's last video was posted at around 10:30am, local time on Monday. Some local media outlets say he was killed during the operation but The Telegraph was unable to confirm the claims. Aside from the five of Mr Pérez's group who were arrested, authorities also said  "criminals were killed", although the number of deaths was not confirmed.
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Embattled Israeli drugmaker Teva fined for foreign bribes
Israel's justice ministry said Monday it had fined pharmaceutical giant Teva $22 million for bribing foreign officials in a settlement that spares the company a potential criminal trial. The deal signed on Sunday comes a month after Teva announced plans to cut 14,000 jobs globally, triggering strikes in Israel and pressure from the government and the powerful Histadrut labour union. Israeli authorities had launched their own investigation "to examine the ramifications of the affair in Israel", the ministry said.
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China economy beat expectations in 2017: AFP survey
China's economy exceeded Beijing's annual growth target in 2017, analysts said in an AFP survey, overcoming the government's battles against massive debt and pollution-spewing factories. Premier Li Keqiang last week said he expected growth to have come in "around 6.9 percent". The government statistics bureau will release its official figures on Thursday.
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Shelby GT500 Will Return in 2019 With Over 700 HP
Seven-hundred horsepower. We bet Carroll would be proud.
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Nigeria summons representative of US ambassador over Trump comments
Nigeria's government on Monday summoned a representative of the the U.S. ambassador to explain reported remarks by President Donald Trump that immigrants from Africa and Haiti come from "shithole countries", the foreign ministry said. Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama "sought clarification on the veracity or otherwise of the substance of the remarks, stressing that if they were true, they were deeply hurtful, offensive and unacceptable", the ministry said in a statement. Trump reportedly made the remarks at a private meeting with lawmakers on immigration on Thursday.
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Authorities Deport Man Who Had Lived In The U.S. For 30 Years
Jorge Garcia, 39, bid his family farewell Monday under the watchful gaze of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who required him to return to his native Mexico after living in the Detroit area for 30 years.
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Four South Carolina police wounded exchanging gunfire with suspect
Police responded to an emergency call about a man assaulting a woman at a home outside the small city of York, Trent Faris, a sheriff's office spokesman, told reporters at a news conference. The suspect, Christian Thomas McCall, fled on foot, and shot a York Police Department officer, Faris said.
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Venezuela forces take down fugitive group in deadly shootout
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan special forces on Monday captured five members of a band led by a rebellious police officer who has been on the run since stealing a helicopter and launching grenades at government buildings in the capital last year, officials said.
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Kids chained in Calif. house of horrors; parents arrested
PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family's home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults.
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How Does a Black Hole Burp? Belching Supermassive Black Hole Has Big Implications for Physics
Last week, scientists presented an image of a supermassive black hole burping—twice. The behemoth had guzzled on gas before belching out a cloud of high energy particles and then settling in for a few thousand years’ nap. Intense gravitational and magnetic forces surround black holes.
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So THAT’S Why We Look So Different In Selfies vs. The Mirror
Have you ever wondered why your face looks just a little different in photos than it does reflected in the mirror?
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Iran says planned U.S.-backed force inside Syria would fan war
Iran said on Tuesday a new U.S.-backed, 30,000-strong force inside Syria would "fan the flames of war", echoing the vehement response of Syria, Turkey and Russia to the plan. On Sunday, the U.S.-led coalition said it was working with its Syrian militia allies, the mainly Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), to set up a force that would operate along the borders with Turkey and Iraq, as well as within Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responded by vowing to crush the new force and drive U.S. troops from Syria.
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Britannia, Druids and the surprisingly modern origins of myths
We think of the Druids as being embedded in British culture from the mists of ancient times. But what we think we know about Druids is of surprisingly modern provenance.
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Parents charged after 13 siblings found starved, chained in California
David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested on Sunday and each charged with nine counts of torture and 10 counts of child endangerment after a 17-year-old, emaciated girl escaped their house in Perris, about 70 miles (115 km) east of Los Angeles and called police, the Riverside County Sheriff's Office said on Monday. Kimberly Milligan, 50, who lives across the street from the family, told Reuters that she only saw the infant in the mother’s arms and three other children since she moved in across the street two years ago, describing them as small and pale. "Why don’t we ever see the kids?" Milligan said.
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This Year’s Corporate Space Race: Getting Ready for Astronauts, Then Tourists
Boeing and SpaceX have a busy year proving they can replace NASA’s defunct shuttle program.
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Ford increases investment in electrification to $11 bn
Ford will increase its investment in electrification, planning to spend $11 billion by 2022 to create hybrid and all-electric versions of its vehicles, the company announced Sunday at the Detroit Auto Show. Ford executive James Farley said the increased expenditure essentially doubles and extends Ford's previous $4.5 billion investment in electrification until 2020. "What we learned from this first cycle of electrification is people want really nice products," Farley said.
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Signs of division in Cambodia's opposition over new group
By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Signs of division emerged among opponents of long-serving Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday after prominent exiles said they had founded a new movement following a ban on the main opposition party. Hun Sen, who celebrated 33 years in power on Sunday, has become a master at dividing his opponents and using force and legal measures to neutralize challenges to his rule. The new opposition movement was announced at the weekend by Hun Sen's veteran foe Sam Rainsy following the dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) last year and the arrest of its leader, Kem Sokha.
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Saudi Ritz Carlton to reopen after being used as luxury prison in corruption purge
The luxury Riyadh hotel used as a prison during Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption will reopen for business next month, suggesting authorities are close to settling the cases of many suspects. Dozens of princes, senior officials and top businessmen were detained and confined in the five-star Ritz-Carlton Riyadh as the government launched the purge in early November. The some 200 detainees occupied half the hotel's 492 rooms. The rest was closed to business. The hotel's website now accepts bookings from Feb. 14, quoting a nightly rate for its cheapest room of 2,439 riyals (£480). Saudi authorities have said they expect the vast majority of suspects to agree to financial settlements of charges against them, and that Riyadh hopes to recover about $100 billion of illicit funds. A small number are expected to be prosecuted. Construction giant Saudi Binladin Group said on Saturday that some of its shareholders might transfer part of their holdings to the state in a settlement with authorities. Chairman Bakr Bin Laden and several family members were detained in the crackdown. In late November, senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, was freed after reaching a settlement with authorities that involved paying more than $1 billion, according to a Saudi official. Another top businessman who has been held at the Ritz-Carlton is billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman and owner of global investment firm Kingdom Holding. A Saudi official said this week that he was negotiating a possible settlement but so far had not agreed on terms. It has been rumoured, Mr Talal, one of the world’s richest men, could be forced to pay as much as $7bn. Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a massive political and economic shake-up, marked by the sudden appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince in June. The 32-year-old son of the king has spearheaded the unprecedented crackdown on corruption among members of the government and royal family, as he consolidates his grip on power in the kingdom.
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Humans frozen by cryogenics ‘could be brought back to life in 10 years’
Could this lead to immortality?
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The Latest: Parents of 13 locked-up kids held on bail of $9M
PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on police discovering 12 children locked up in parents' house in California (all times local):
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MLK's Daughter Says We Must Remember Her Mother's Legacy, Too
Bernice King says those honoring her father on Martin Luther King Jr. Day should also remember another incredibly important figure in the civil rights movement: her mother, Coretta Scott King.
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Russia's Lavrov lashes out at US at annual press conference
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov repeatedly attacked the US at his annual press conference Monday, accusing Washington of issuing ultimatums and failing to recognise "the reality of the emerging multipolar world". Lavrov said the past year had not been easy from a foreign policy perspective as he took questions on Syria, Ukraine, the Korean peninsula and other global issues, in a diplomatic round-up of 2017. "Unfortunately, our American colleagues and their allies still want to do business solely on the basis of issuing ultimatums and do not want to listen to the views of other centres of world politics," he said when asked about US President Donald Trump's position on the Iran nuclear deal.
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Callaway Rogue driver family expands on the ideas of ballspeed and forgiveness with intricate upgrade of 'Jailbreak' technology
Rogue driver and fairway woods build in added forgiveness to ball speed gains through new body stiffening bars and intricate face design
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China's economy set to slow to 6.5 percent in 2018 as government turns off cheap money: Reuters poll
China's economy is expected to cool this year as a government-led crackdown on debt risks and factory pollution drag on overall activity, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday. Beijing is in the second year of a relentless campaign to wean China off its debt-heavy investment model, clamping down on everything from speculative property lending to shadow-bank financing activities as policy makers look to foster sustainable longer term growth. A government-led infrastructure spending spree, which partly contributed to better-than-expected growth last year, may "fare below expectations" due to tighter financial scrutiny, said Zhang Yiping, an analyst with China Merchant Securities.
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'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' appeals for clemency in last effort to avoid prison
A former Auschwitz death camp guard has launched a bid for clemency in a final bid to avoid serving his sentence as an accessory to murder, German authorities said on Monday.  Attorneys for Oskar Groening, 96, filed the appeal with prosecutors in Lueneburg, where he was convicted in 2015 as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews. He was sentenced to four years in prison, but hasn't yet spent any time behind bars because of the appeals process.  His role documenting prisoners' belongings saw him nicknamed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz". Lueneburg prosecutors' spokeswoman Wiebke Bethke said her office would likely make a decision on the clemency request this week, in consultation with the panel of judges who convicted Groening.  She said she wasn't permitted to give details of Groening's argument for why he shouldn't serve his sentence.  A doctor has previously declared Groening fit to go to prison so long as there is appropriate medical care.  Groening exhausted his last chance at legal appeals in December when the country's highest court rejected his attorneys' argument that imprisoning him would violate his constitutional right to life and physical safety.  The Federal Constitutional Court noted, however, that German law allows for prison sentences to be interrupted if a prisoner's health deteriorates significantly.  Hannover prosecutors, who have been handling Groening's case, told The Associated Press that Groening hasn't yet been summoned to report to prison following the final court ruling, but that consideration of the clemency appeal shouldn't delay that process.  Groening testified at his trial that he oversaw the collection of prisoners' belongings and ensured that valuables and cash were separated to be sent to Berlin. He said he witnessed individual atrocities, but didn't acknowledge participating in any crimes.  The court that convicted him ruled, however, that he was part of the "machinery of death," helping the camp function and collecting money stolen from the victims to help the Nazi cause, and thus could be convicted as an accessory to the murders committed there. 
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Lessons from 'Fire and Fury': In Trump's White House, flattery will get you everywhere
Does President Trump see through the fawning of subordinates? To judge from Michael Wolff’s new book, he doesn’t see through it at all. Trump’s susceptibility to flattery is one of the running themes of the book.
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Oil spill from sunken tanker is expanding in East China Sea
BEIJING (AP) — Several oil slicks have been found in waters around a sunken Iranian tanker ship in the East China Sea in a spill that is growing and whose potentially major impact on the marine environment is still being assessed.
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Australia offers cash for Great Barrier Reef rescue ideas
Australia is calling on the world's top scientific minds to help save the Great Barrier Reef, offering hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund research into protecting the world's largest living structure. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed reef is reeling from significant coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change.
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Here's Who Would Win Between Nazi Germany's Bismarck and the Navy's Last Battleship
The larger context of the battle—the U.S. Navy being forced to take on the German Navy—would have had serious repercussions for the Pacific theater. Germany was, after all, considered the primary threat, with Japan second and Italy third. A more powerful German Navy (or weaker Royal Navy) would have had second order consequences for the Pacific, delaying the Solomons campaign, including the invasion of Guadalcanal, the Battle of the Coral Sea, and even the Battle of Midway.
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The Bachelor Recap: Finally, The Bachelor and GLOW Crossover of Your Dreams
Annaliese just can't catch a break
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Slow-moving landslide has Washington town on high alert
UNION GAP, Wash. (AP) — A slow-moving landslide in a fertile farming region in Washington state has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable — the collapse of a ridge that sits above a few dozen homes and a key highway.
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Stephen Miller calls Steve Bannon's comments 'out of touch with reality' and 'vindictive'
In a CNN appearance Sunday, Stephen Miller, President Trump’s senior policy adviser, was upset with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s grotesque comments about the Trump administration in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.”
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Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvement
Qualcomm's new depth-sensing camera technology could improve smartphone's and virtual reality headsets.
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Celebrities React To The Death Of Dolores O'Riordan, Lead Singer Of The Cranberries
Celebrities reacted with a mix of shock and sadness after the sudden death of Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of popular ’90s band The Cranberries.
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Philippine volcano 'fireworks' draw tourists as residents flee
Spectacular lava "fireworks" shooting from its crater are drawing tourists to the Philippines' most active volcano, authorities said Tuesday as scientists warned of a potential dangerous eruption within days. Lava spurting from Mayon volcano lit up the sky overnight Monday in what scientists said was a sign of increasing activity that prompted official calls for evacuation of areas under threat from a major eruption.
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California teen leads deputies to parents' house of horrors
PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family's home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults.
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Saudi hotel to reopen after being used as prison in corruption purge
The luxury Riyadh hotel used as a prison during Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption will reopen for business next month, according to a company employee and its website, suggesting authorities are close to settling the cases of many suspects. Dozens of princes, senior officials and top businessmen were detained and confined in the opulent Ritz-Carlton Riyadh as the government launched the purge in early November. Official sources told Reuters earlier that Saudi authorities were close to winding up a major part of the crackdown, which would allow them to return the Ritz-Carlton to normal operations.
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'These are evil days': Martin Luther King Jr's children lash out at Trump over 's***hole comments'
Martin Luther King Jr’s eldest son has said we are living in “evil days” as he blasted Donald Trump’s reported description of Haiti, El Salvador and certain African nations as “s***hole countries”. In the days leading up to the US holiday celebrating Dr King on Monday, Mr Trump has faced severe international condemnation for his alleged comments and has been forced to battle fresh accusations he is racist. “These are evil days when the President of the United States doesn’t seem to understand that Africa is a continent, not a state and he refers to countries such as Nigeria and Haiti and El Salvador as, y’all know that word.
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Vancouver meeting focuses on sanctions as Koreas explore detente
By David Ljunggren and David Brunnstrom VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A meeting of states that backed South Korea in the Korean war will look at ways to better implement sanctions to push North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons, officials said, even as the North and South explore detente ahead of next month's Winter Olympics. Foreign ministers and senior officials from 20 nations will hold a full-day meeting in Vancouver on Tuesday, hosted by the United States and Canada, looking to increase diplomatic and financial pressure on North Korea to give up development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States, a program that has raised fears of a new war. Canadian and U.S. officials say the meeting will discuss ways to ensure implementation of wide-ranging U.N. sanctions, including steps agreed last month to further limit Pyongyang's access to refined petroleum products, crude oil and industrial goods.
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HEROIC: Firefighter catches baby from flaming balcony near Atlanta
A massive fire at an apartment complex last week had firefighters racing to the scene.
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'I literally knocked on the door': Michael Wolff explains White House access
“Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff said it wasn’t particularly hard to get into the West Wing to gather information for his provocative book. All he had to do, he said, was knock on the door.
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Botched Photo Shoot Brings Viral Glory To Missouri Family
It’s a fact of life: Nice family photos never go viral, as one family in St. Louis, Missouri recently discovered.
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Venezuelan police surround fugitive chopper attack pilot
Oscar Perez, a rogue helicopter pilot who vanished last year after dropping grenades on Venezuela's Supreme Court, said Monday he and his companions were surrounded and pinned down by police marksmen. "They are firing at us with grenade launchers. Perez, a former elite police officer, is seen with other men in one of the videos, some of them armed.
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US, allies meet to find diplomatic way out of N. Korea crisis
Foreign ministers from 20 nations began crisis talks Monday on North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs, though China's absence cast doubt over the effectiveness of any deal. The two-day Vancouver meeting hosted by Canada and the United States comes amid signs of easing tensions on the Korean peninsula, after the North and South met for the first time in two years and Pyongyang agreed to sent athletes to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
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This Adorable Wallaby Halted Traffic by Hopping Across the Sydney Harbor Bridge
The wallaby bounded across the Sydney Harbor Bridge with police in pursuit
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Foreign governments, candidates, trade groups spent at Trump properties: report
Sixty-four trade groups, foreign governments, Republican candidates and others stayed at or held events at properties linked to U.S. President Donald Trump during Trump's first year in office, a political watchdog group said in a report released on Tuesday. The arrangements represented "unprecedented conflicts of interest" because Trump oversees the federal government and has not divested from properties he owns or that carry his name, Public Citizen, a nonpartisan group, said in the report. Shortly before taking office last year, Trump said he would hand off control of his global business empire to his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, and move his assets into a trust to help ensure that he would not consciously take actions as president that would benefit him personally.
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13 victims, ages 2 to 29, kept shackled in foul home by parents, officials say
Thirteen victims, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were kept shackled to their beds amid foul surroundings in a California home by their parents, officials said.
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Pope voices nuclear war concerns at he begins Latin America trip
Pope Francis admitted Monday he was frightened by the prospect of an accidental nuclear apocalypse, as he began a weeklong visit to Chile and Peru to bolster a local Catholic Church riven by sex abuse scandals. The 81-year-old Argentine pontiff will find a very different Chile to the one he first encountered as a student priest in the 1960s. Socialist President Michelle Bachelet has presided over major change in the once deeply conservative country, decriminalizing abortion, recognizing civil unions for same-sex couples and introducing a bill to legalize gay marriage.
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Protesters Converge on Times Square to Denounce Racism and President Trump
Politicians including Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the demonstration
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What Xi Jinping’s New Year’s Speech Means for America
The United States must accept the truth that China is now its first superpower rival since the USSR. From commemorating China’s space and military achievements in 2017, to highlighting China’s new international initiatives, Xi has set the stage for a China that is becoming ever more comfortable voicing global ambitions.
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LeBron James Honors Martin Luther King Jr. By Calling Out Trump's Racism
LeBron James believes the best way to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is to continue fighting for racial equality.
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Photoshop Fail: Family Shocked as Professional Pictures Make Them Look Like Cartoons
The shock eventually turned to laughter when the Zaring family took a look at the results of their photo shoot.
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B-2 Bombers in Guam Send a Message to North Korea (and Russia and China)
The United States Air Force has moved three of its stealthy Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit strategic bombers to Guam as tensions continue with North Korea. It is a message aimed at Russia and China, who are also in the region.
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The Latest: Missing man found safe after California mudslide
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on deadly California mudslides (all times local):
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Olympic Champion Simone Biles Says She Was Also Sexually Abused by Team Doctor
In a tweet, Biles says she was also abused by national team doctor Larry Nassar
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AP Explains: Catholic Church in Chile weakened by scandal
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — When Pope Francis arrives in Chile's capital Monday, he will find a weakened Roman Catholic Church. As in many Latin American countries, the church in Chile has been losing followers to both evangelical faiths and increasing secularism. The shift has been exacerbated by a priest sex abuse scandal, and many Chileans are put off by the church's influence in keeping tight restrictions in social matters like marriage and abortion. Here are some of the contributing factors to the Chilean church's problems.
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Pulse-Pounding Rescue Caught on Tape as Firefighters Catch Baby Tossed From Burning Building
Fire captain Scott Stroup twisted his knee while making the grab.
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Family laughs off epic Photoshop fail that left them looking like cartoon characters as sceptics cry fake
There have been any number of PhotoShop controversies over the years, from the almost routine retouching of images of models to photojournalists being caught doctoring their war footage. But this must be the most bizarre - if the pictures are to be believed. "Ok. This is NOT a joke. We paid a photographer, who claimed to be a professional, $2-250 for a family photo shoot," writes Pam and Dave Zaring in a Facebook post.  "Please see these FOR REAL photos she delivered to us...." The finished product must have come as something of a shock. Far from beautiful portraits of her family, the photos came out looking like something from a horror show. The photographer said the shadows caused problems on such a sunny day Credit: Facebook Imagine the plain features of a Sims family... only covered over in paper. The Zarings said the photographer had a ready explanation. "She said the shadows were really bad on the beautiful, clear, sunny day and that her professor never taught her to retouch photos," they wrote. At least they could see the funny side to their family being portrayed as cartoonish figures. "I literally have not laughed this hard in YEARS!!!!! You can't make this stuff up," they added with a cheery invitation to share the pictures. The photographer said she had never been taught how to retouch images Credit: Facebook The images have now been shared almost 400,000 times, setting off a viral discussion about whether they are fakes or if they might actually be real. Plenty of people expressed scepticism in the comments section with some suggesting it was some kind of marketing ploy. “This is not real,” wrote one. The couple insisted it was true and that they had a long battle to see the finished product. “This is not a joke. This is legitimately the final product I received in the mail yesterday," they wrote. "I passed my furious mark months ago when she wouldn’t send us anything. I was fully prepared to be scammed, money gone, and no final product!" The family's local newspaper, The St Louis Post-Dispatch, said it contacted the photographer involved who declined to discuss the images. The buzz even inspired one photography expert to offer an online tutorial in retouching to get the same effect.  
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Koreas may field a joint women's hockey team at Olympics
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea want to field a joint women's hockey team at the Pyeongchang Olympics, and they have relayed their position to the International Olympic Committee, officials in Seoul said Monday.
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Pope warns world is one step away from nuclear war
By Philip Pullella ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Monday he was really afraid about the danger of nuclear war and that the world now stood at "the very limit". Asked if he was worried about the possibility of nuclear war, Pope Francis said: "I think we are at the very limit. One accident is enough to precipitate things." He did not mention Hawaii or North Korea.
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13 Siblings 'Held Captive' By Parents, Some In Chains And Starving, Police Say
Authorities discovered 12 siblings, some in chains and starving, inside their parents home in Perris, California on Sunday.
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Pastor Blasts Trump's 'Shithole' Comments In Front Of Mike Pence
Vice President Mike Pence reportedly got an earful at church on Sunday, when a pastor blasted President Donald Trump’s reported disparagement of Haiti and African countries.
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How companies leave your data online without your knowledge
Your private data could be freely available online and there's little you can do about it.
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Trust and truth under Trump: Americans are in a quandary
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When truck driver Chris Gromek wants to know what's really going on in Washington, he scans the internet and satellite radio. He no longer flips TV channels because networks such as Fox News and MSNBC deliver conflicting accounts tainted by politics, he says.
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Glowing red lava rolls down slopes of Philippine volcano
LEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) — Glowing red lava rolled down the slopes of a Philippine volcano Tuesday morning as authorities maintained a warning of a possible hazardous eruption.
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Thirteen siblings found chained and starving in California home, say police
Thirteen malnourished siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were rescued by police in California from a house where some of them had been chained to beds, and their parents have been charged with torture, officials said on Monday. Police made the discovery after a 17-year-old girl escaped the house in Perris, about 70 miles (113 km) east of Los Angeles, and used a cellphone she had found in the house to call them, the Riverside County Sheriff's Office said in a statement released online. "Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that seven of them were actually adults," police said in a statement. "The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty." The girl, who officers had initially thought was about 10 years old, contacted police on Sunday after escaping. Louise Ann Turpin Credit: Handout via Reuters The children's parents, David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested and each charged with nine counts of torture and 10 counts of child endangerment. They were ordered held on $9 million bail, police said. Six of the couple's children are minors, while the other seven are over 18, police said. The siblings told officers that they were starving, police said. The police in a statement did not detail the parents' motive for holding the children hostage, and a police spokesman said he had no further details. The hostages were found in a neighbourhood of closely spaced one- and two-storey single-family homes. A Facebook page that appeared to have been created by the parents showed the couple dressed in wedding clothes, surrounded by 10 female children in matching purple plaid dresses and three male children in suits. A neighbour who answered the phone on Monday but declined to be identified described the neighbourhood as recently built and said he did not know the Turpins and had not noticed anything unusual. The parents are next due in court on Thursday.
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Torture probe launched after 13 siblings held captive in US home
A California couple has been arrested after authorities found a dozen of their malnourished children held captive in their home, with one as young as two and some shackled to beds in the dark, officials said Monday. The 13 victims who had been held captive at the Perris, California home range in age from two to 29, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.
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China absence looms over Canada meeting on how to pressure North Korea
(In this Jan 14 story corrects para 6 to show that 17 members of 105-nation Proliferation Security Initiative made the comment, not that comment was from the 17-nation Proliferation Security Initiative) By David Ljunggren VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from around 20 nations gather on Tuesday to discuss how to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions through diplomatic and financial pressure, but China, seen as a key player in any long-term solution, will be absent. The Vancouver meeting, co-hosted by Canada and the United States, comes amid signs that tensions on the peninsula have eased, at least temporarily. North and South Korea held talks for the first time in two years last week and Pyongyang says it will send athletes across the border to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
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China races to tackle expanding oil spill after tanker sinks
Chinese ships scrambled Monday to clean up a massive and expanding oil spill after an Iranian tanker sank off China, raising fears of devastating damage to marine life. The Sanchi, carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, went under on Sunday after a new and massive fire erupted, sending a cloud of black smoke as high as one kilometre above the East China Sea. The search and rescue effort was cancelled and a clean-up operation began after a fire on the sea surface was finally extinguished on Monday, state broadcaster CCTV reported.
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Torture probe launched after 13 siblings held captive in US home
A California couple has been arrested for torture after authorities said Monday their 13 malnourished children were held captive in their home, with some shackled to beds in the dark. The 13 victims who had been held captive at the Perris, California home range in age from two to 29, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.
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Three still missing in California's deadly mudslides
(Reuters) - The number of people missing from last week's deadly Southern California mudslides fell to three on Monday as hundreds of rescue workers searched for survivors from the rain-driven slides that killed 20 people. A 53-year-old transient, John Keating, had been listed among the four still missing but was found safely in Ventura, California, with his dog, the Santa County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Three people ages 2 to 28 are still listed as missing after sheriff's detectives investigated more than 100 missing persons cases, the statement said.
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Steyn: Potentially dangerous 'duopoly' with Google-Facebook
Two lawsuits against Google and Twitter argue tech companies favor liberal and moderate voices and have a bias against conservatives. #Tucker
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Teen Escapes from Home Where She and 12 Siblings Were Kept Shackled: Authorities
The teen told authorities she and her siblings were held captive by their parents.
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13 victims, ages 2 to 29, kept shackled in foul Perris home by parents, officials say
Thirteen victims, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were kept shackled to their beds amid foul surroundings in a Perris home by their parents, officials said.
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The Latest: Missing man found safe after California mudslide
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on deadly California mudslides (all times local):
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Officials Warned Jared Kushner About Friendship With Wendi Deng Murdoch: Report
U.S. officials warned Jared Kushner earlier this year that his friendship with Wendi Deng Murdoch could be used as a conduit by the Chinese government, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
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U.S. diplomat has talks Pakistan amid tension over Trump 'deceit' tweet
A senior U.S. diplomat had talks in Pakistan on Monday following an outcry over President Donald Trump's accusation that the nuclear-armed South Asian state had engaged in "lies and deceit" as a U.S. ally in the war in neighboring Afghanistan. Alice Wells, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, met with Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, the Foreign Ministry and U.S. Embassy said.
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California police discover 13 'emaciated' siblings imprisoned in family home
California authorities say they have rescued more than a dozen starving, filthy young people who were chained inside their parents’ home in Perris. One of the captives, a 17-year-old girl, escaped over the weekend and notified the Riverside Sheriff’s Department that her siblings “were being held captive inside the residence by her parents,” some of them “bound with chains and padlocks,” the Sheriff’s Department said. Not all of them were children: of the 13 victims, seven were between the age of 18 and 29, according to the Sheriff's Department.
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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Children on President Trump: ‘Work on This Man’s Heart’
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the activist's children spoke out about President Trump's policies and recent comments
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Designer Thom Browne Explains Why He Would Dress Melania Trump
Thom Browne would be open to working with first lady Melania Trump.
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Lava flowing from Philippine volcano, thousands evacuated
LEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) — Nearly 15,000 people have fled from villages around the Philippines' most active volcano as lava flowed down its crater Monday in a gentle eruption that scientists warned could turn explosive.
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Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is history
Hope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you’re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here’s what the next few months have in store. “Destiny 2”
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Japan PM Abe honors 'Japanese Schindler' in Lithuania
By Andrius Sytas KAUNAS, Lithuania (Reuters) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday honored a Japanese diplomat credited with saving an estimated 6,000 Jews from almost certain death in 1940 at a visit to the former Japanese consulate in Lithuania. Chiune Suhigara was serving as Japanese consul in Kaunas, then capital of Lithuania, when he disobeyed his superiors and issued Japanese visas to Jews fleeing Nazi-occupied Poland despite his country being a close ally of Nazi Germany. Abe's visit to Lithuania, the first by a Japanese prime minister, comes as Japan seeks greater cooperation with countries such as China, a former adversary in World War Two, in the face of rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
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Turkey unveils route of 45 km 'Istanbul Canal'
The Turkish government on Monday unveiled the route of its planned new canal for Istanbul, a hugely ambitious 45 kilometre (28 mile) project designed to be its answer to the famed artificial shipping lanes in Panama or Egypt's Suez. The project, first announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan while he was prime minister in 2011, is by far the most complex of a string of new ventures for the city. The government argues it will create attractive new living areas and take pressure off the Bosphorus Strait that splits the European and Asian sides of the city and is one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.
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Car crashes into second floor dental practice in California
A man who had taken drugs before getting behind the wheel of his Nissan Sedan survived relatively unscathed after crashing his car in the second-floor of a house. Police in Santa Ana, California, say that the car, travelling at high speed, clipped the central reservation before launching into the air. It flew about 60 feet before smashing into the second floor of the building, which contained a dental practice. CCTV footage obtained by a local television station captured the moment, and showed the car flying through the air. Unbelievable new surveillance video shows a car hitting a median and launching into the second story of a Santa Ana dentist office. Driver and passenger transported with minor injuries. @NBCLA@ChristineNBCLApic.twitter.com/Yw4poZXUNR— Kenny Holmes (@KHOLMESlive) January 15, 2018 The crash, which happened at about 5.25am on Saturday, rattled guests in a motel next door but the dental practice was closed at the time. The Los Angeles County fire department used a specialized forklift and wrecker to remove the car, the police said.  Two people in the vehicle, although both were rescued suffering only minor injuries One of the two people inside the vehicle was able to exit on his own, but emergency workers had to remove the other person. The driver had minor injuries and remains in hospital, but will likely be charged with driving under the influence.
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Sheriff: 13 victims, ages 2 to 29, kept shackled in foul California home by parents
David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin allegedly kept their 13 children, ages 2 to 29, shackled in their Perris home in filthy conditions.
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This unbelievable image of Jupiter’s cloud belts makes me want to move there
Jupiter is, scientifically speaking, not great for humans. The gravitational pull is about 2.4 times that of Earth, and its atmosphere is mostly hydrogen and helium. Even within our own Solar System, there are much better candidates for sustaining life, even including some of Jupiter's own moons. But from space, it's far harder to see Jupiter's hostility to life forms. In fact, this color-enhanced image of Jupiter's cloud belts, taken by the Juno spacecraft , makes the planet look positively inviting. The image was taken by Juno on December 16th, during the probe's tenth-closest flyby of the gaseous giant. Although the image looks close, that's mostly because Jupiter is huge. At the time of capture, Juno was 8,453 miles from Jupiter. A spokesperson for Nasa said: “The dark region in the far left is called the South Temperate Belt. Intersecting the belt is a ghost-like feature of slithering white clouds. This is the largest feature in Jupiter's low latitudes that's a cyclone (rotating with clockwise motion).” In the same pass, Juno also captured a far more abstract photo of Jupiter's clouds. The image above was captured 8,292 miles from Jupiter's atmosphere on the same day, and it shows the turbulence with far greater detail. The second image was color-enhanced by Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran using publicly available data from Juno's sensors, while the first image was processed by Kevin M. Gill. The publicly available feed of images from Juno has proved fertile ground for citizen scientists to try their hand at image processing.  
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Stealth and Speed: America's SR-71 Blackbird Might Be Old (But Still the World's Fastest Plane)
The Blackbird’s design reflected the fact that it was pushing the limits. The SR-71’s J58 engines could only start through use of two vehicle-mounted V8 starter engines, and the triethylborane used in the fuel would belch green flames during ignition. The J58s would switch to a partial ramjet mode at high speeds, such that the SR-71 actually became more fuel efficient when it went faster.
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Thirteen siblings found chained, starving in California home; parents charged
(Reuters) - Thirteen malnourished siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were rescued by police in California from a house where some of them had been chained to beds, and their parents have been charged with torture, officials said on Monday. The hostages were found in a neighborhood of closely spaced one- and two-story single-family homes.
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Syria says planned 'border force' would be 'traitors'
Syria on Monday lambasted the US-led coalition's plan to create a 30,000-strong border force in the country's northeast, saying it would consider its members "traitors". The alliance fighting the Islamic State group announced on Sunday that it was working with Arab and Kurdish fighters to establish a Border Security Force (BSF). The BSF would be responsible for preventing a "resurgence" of IS in areas where the jihadists had been cleared by the Syrian Democratic Forces.
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'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' in last-ditch bid to avoid jail
A 96-year-old former guard at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp has asked German authorities not to jail him, despite losing a court challenge against his sentence. Oskar Groening has filed a formal "request for mercy" with prosecutors in the northern city Lueneburg, a spokesman for the justice ministry in Lower Saxony state told AFP on Monday. Germany's constitutional court ruled in late December that the former SS man must serve out his four-year sentence as an accessory to the murders of 300,000 people at the death camp, rejecting defenders' argument that imprisonment at such an advanced age would violate his "right to life".
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California highway to stay shut another week after mudslides
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews working around the clock cleared boulders, trees and crushed cars from all lanes of U.S. 101, but California officials said Monday the key coastal highway would remain closed for another week after being inundated during mudslides that killed 20 people.
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9 of the World's Scariest Airports to Fly Into
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Vikings Pulled Off A Last-Second Win Over Saints, And Fans Went Ballistic
Sunday night’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints ended in remarkable fashion after Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs ran a last-second touchdown into the end zone, sending his team to the NFC Championship.
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LeBron reflects on MLK's legacy, criticizes Trump on holiday
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — On a day for reflecting on race in America, LeBron James considered Martin Luther King Jr.'s ultimate sacrifice.
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Obama, LeBron James thank Martin Luther King Jr. with emotional tweets
Twitter's team has asked celebrities, influencers, and its everyday users, “How has Martin Luther King Jr. inspired you?” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his passing. SEE ALSO: Oprah's Golden Globes speech is the newest addition to Spotify's MLK Jr. playlist Starting Monday, Twitter retweeted those answers from the account of Twitter's black employee resource group @blackbirds and created the hashtag #ThankYouMLK50 with an accompanying emoji. One man, countless lives changed.To honor his legacy, share how Martin Luther King Jr.’s life impacted yours with #ThankYouMLK50 — Twitter (@Twitter) January 15, 2018 Responses came from: Barack Obama: Dr. King was 26 when the Montgomery bus boycott began. He started small, rallying others who believed their efforts mattered, pressing on through challenges and doubts to change our world for the better. A permanent inspiration for the rest of us to keep pushing towards justice. — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 15, 2018 LeBron James: -Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere- Our Lives Begin To End The Day We Become Silent About Things That Matter- #ThankYouMLK50 — LeBron James (@KingJames) January 15, 2018 Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts:  Thank you, Martin Luther King Jr., for your strength, courage, vision, and humanity...today we honor a true hero and remember the man & his timeless message. #ThankYouMLK50 #MLKDay — Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) January 15, 2018 Today Show 's Al Roker: #ThankYouMLK50 pic.twitter.com/sCEHypPFPK — Al Roker (@alroker) January 15, 2018 CNN anchor Don Lemon: #MartinLutherKingDay pic.twitter.com/mj4xPSz0Yc — Don Lemon (@donlemon) January 15, 2018 Common: And I Replied Dr. King is Still With Us Doing the work in this day + Age because his Spirit, his heart, his ways live in us + are what many of us Carry on this Path to Equality and Justice. We Love You. Happy Birthday To Ya. #ThankYouMLK50 — COMMON (@common) January 15, 2018 Lil Wayne:  “Everyone has the POWER FOR GREATNESS, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service” -MLKLet’s All be Great in 2018! #ThankYouMLK50 — Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) January 15, 2018 Twitter's head of content partnerships Kay Madati: I stand on the shoulders of all those who have come before me. Not one thing about the life I live today that hasn't been born on the backs of the struggles of the past. #ThankYouMLK50 ...But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep https://t.co/mGB7GYKP6U — Kay Madati (@KayMadati) January 15, 2018 Tapas king José Andrés: MLK Jr. once said "we may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now." No matter where we come from..and who we are..we are all Americans. I dream that we can sit together at the same table.. and I know we have the power to make it come true #ThankYouMLK50 — José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) January 15, 2018 Bernice King, Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter: As you honor my father today, please remember and honor my mother, as well. She was the architect of the King Legacy and founder of @TheKingCenter, which she founded two months after Daddy died. Without #CorettaScottKing, there would be no #MLKDay. #MLK50Forward #MLK pic.twitter.com/qhwSnX9Qmh — Be A King (@BerniceKing) January 15, 2018 Activist Deray Mckesson:  We must, and can, fundamentally change systems and structures to ensure equity and equality. It is never a matter of ability, it is always a matter of will. #ThankYouMLK50 — deray (@deray) January 15, 2018 Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr.: For the example. For the bar and the standard of true leadership, perseverance, and sacrifice. #ThankYouMLK50 pic.twitter.com/jccJ37Z3JH — Leslie Odom, Jr. (@leslieodomjr) January 15, 2018 Shonda Rhimes: Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is a testament that love will always conquer hate. #ThankYouMLK50 — shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 15, 2018 Ellen DeGeneres: ❤️ #ThankYouMLK50 pic.twitter.com/WQAXvVrOb5 — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 15, 2018 Kris Jenner: Happy #MLKDAY2018. Today we honor Martin Luther King Jr’s fearless fight for equality, and remember how important it is to dream!! Remember that your voice is powerful. Remember that you can make a difference. Spread love today, and every day. ❤️ #ThankYouMLK50 pic.twitter.com/rT6fvJ4twT — Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) January 15, 2018 WATCH: Your child's next best friend could be this 3.5-foot-tall robot
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Pope Francis Warns We're at 'the Very Limit' of Nuclear War
His comment comes after Hawaii sent out a false missile alert
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The Latest: Thousands gather in Memphis where King was slain
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations around the country (all times local):
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Immigrant from Mexico, 2 sisters among mudslide victims
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — An immigrant from Mexico and a pair of sisters were among the 20 people killed in devastating mudslides that brought tragedy and sorrow to the idyllic coastal community of Montecito, California.
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'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity
"Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" offers a ridiculous strategy experience with surprising depth and a pinch of toilet humor.
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Chelsea Manning files for US Senate bid in Maryland
NORTH BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Chelsea Manning intends to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, returning the transgender former soldier to the spotlight after her conviction for leaking classified documents and her early release from military prison.
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Man accused of threatening Greyhound bus passengers denied bond
The man who police said caused chaos on a Greyhound bus heading to Chicago is expected to appear in court Sunday.
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Speeding car flies into the air and crashes into top floor of California building
Dramatic video footage shows the Nissan Altima was travelling at high speed in Santa Ana, in Orange County, at around 5.25am on Sunday. It narrowly missed a passing car before hitting a central reservation, missing a passing bus, and then becoming wedged into the second floor of the building. Santa Ana Police Department said the driver admitted to being under the influence and that they will be submitting a DUI/narcotics case to the District Attorney for review.
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LeBron James says Trump has emboldened racists in the U.S.
(Note language that may offend some readers in fourth paragraph) By Rory Carroll (Reuters) - Basketball star LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers said on Monday President Donald Trump has emboldened racists in the United States and urged the country not to allow itself to be divided along racial lines. "The guy in control has given people and racism ... an opportunity to be out and outspoken without fear," James, a frequent Trump critic, told reporters prior to the Cavaliers' game against the Golden State Warriors on the U.S. holiday honoring civil rights activist Martin Luther King. "And that's the fearful thing for us because it's with you and it's around every day but he's allowed people to come out and just feel confident about doing negative things." Trump has come under fire for reportedly calling some African nations "shithole countries" during a White House meeting with lawmakers discussing U.S. immigration policy.
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Mitt Romney: Trump's 'Shithole' Comments 'Antithetical To American Values'
Mitt Romney has joined the chorus of voices condemning the vulgar remarks that President Donald Trump reportedly made about Haiti and African countries, calling them “inconsistent [with] America’s history and antithetical to American values” in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day tweet.
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Thousands Flee As Lava Flows Down Philippines Volcano
Scientists warn the eruption could turn explosive
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'We Are Crushed.' Celebrities React to Death of Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan
The Cranberries lead singer died suddenly at the age of 46
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Obesity Shaved Almost a Year Off U.S. Life Expectancy, Study Says
It may account for an extra 186,000 deaths per year, finds a new study
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North Carolina mother kills two children, jumps off bridge
After 34-year-old Christina Treadway's suicide on Saturday, police found Isaiah Miller, 7, and Iliyah Miller, 3, with life-threatening injuries at their home, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Charlotte media said.
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California police find 13 hostages, aged 2 to 29, captive in house
(Reuters) - Police in California found 13 people, age 2 to 29, held hostage in a house outside Los Angeles, where some were chained to beds, they said on Monday.
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16 Non-Alcoholic Drinks That Are Perfect for the Holidays
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The threat of 'superbugs' and infections that can't be treated
The ability to mutate has given rise to “superbugs” that resist some — or, increasingly, all — of the antibiotics that were hailed as miracle drugs in the last century, creating one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development today, according to the World Health Organization.
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Hawaii employee responsible for sending out ballistic missile alert in error is reassigned
The Hawaii state employee responsible for sending out an erroneous missile alert of a ballistic missile threat has been reassigned. “The employee in question has been temporarily reassigned within our Emergency Operations Center pending the outcome of our internal investigation. A Saturday morning alert warning Hawaii residents of an incoming ballistic missile threw the archipelago into a panic and left officials scrambling to reassure resident that they were safe.
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Drunk droning now illegal in New Jersey
The law prohibits flying a drone with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher, the same as for driving a vehicle, or while drugged. The measure, which passed the Democratic-controlled state legislature earlier this month, also bars flying a drone near a prison or in pursuit of wildlife. The drone measure was among 109 bills that Christie signed into law on his last full day in office, spokesman Brian Murray said by email.
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Selena Gomez's Mom Says She's 'Not Happy' Her Daughter Is Back With Justin Bieber
Selena Gomez’s mother and former manager, Mandy Teefey, is “not happy” the singer has recently rekindled her romance with Justin Bieber, Teefey told celebrity site Gossip Cop.
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Netanyahu hails new era in ties with India
Benjamin Netanyahu hailed a "new era" in ties with India on Monday as he signed a series of deals during the first visit by an Israeli Prime Minister in 15 years. Netanyahu made the comment after talks with Narendra Modi, who made history in July when he became the first Indian leader ever to visit Israel. The two men embraced warmly, appearing to overcome any tensions over India's refusal to support US moves to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, before signing agreements on cybersecurity and energy.
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Protesters Trash South African H&M Stores Over Racist Ad
Clothing retail chain H&M temporarily closed several of its South African stores this weekend after protests erupted over a racist image on the Swedish company’s website.
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The Person Who Sent Hawaii's False Missile Alert Has Been Reassigned
They're "in a role that does not provide access to the warning system"
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Biologists sniff out another method that microbes use to make methane
News brief: Every year, microbes produce hundreds of millions of tons of methane, a greenhouse gas that’s more potent than carbon dioxide. Scientists had thought the job was done exclusively through methanogenesis. But in the journal Nature Microbiology, a research team led by the University of Washington’s Caroline Harwood lay out an alternate method that makes use of a backup enzyme called iron-only nitrogenase. “Our findings are significant because they give scientists a second target to chase in understanding biological methane formation and rising methane emissions,” Utah State University’s Lee Seefeldt said in a news release. “In addition, the discovery could drive… Read More
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Donald Trump to cut millions in US humanitarian aid funding for Palestinian refugee agency
Donald Trump’s administration is preparing to withhold tens of millions of dollars from the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. Mr Trump is yet to make a final decision, but appears more likely to send only $60m (£44m) of the planned $125m (£91m) first instalment to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the officials told the Associated Press. The US is UNRWA’s largest donor, supplying nearly 30 per cent of its total budget.
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One Dead As Passengers Swim For Their Lives From Casino Shuttle Boat Blaze
Dozens leaped into the Gulf of Mexico after the boat caught fire Sunday.
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Veteran Sues VA Hospital for Leaving a Scalpel Inside Him After Surgery
It went undiscovered for four years
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India police investigate brutal rape, murder of two teenagers
Indian police said Monday they were investigating the gang rape and murder of two teenage girls whose mutilated bodies were found just hours apart in a state bordering New Delhi. The brutality of the crimes in Haryana, a deeply conservative state in northern India, has created shockwaves even in a region with a grim record of violence against women. Police are pursuing a group of men suspected of raping and murdering a 15-year-old girl from Kurukshetra district whose badly disfigured body was found dumped in a stream on Friday.
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B-2 Bombers in Guam Send a Message to North Korea (and Russia and China)
The United States Air Force has moved three of its stealthy Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit strategic bombers to Guam as tensions continue with North Korea. It is a message aimed at Russia and China, who are also in the region.
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VW unveils all-new Jetta in Detroit but drops it from European markets
One example is the all-new Volkswagen Jetta that's just been unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Although it's a huge deal for the American market as the Jetta is the brand's biggest-selling car over there, it's also been announced the Jetta is being dropped completely from European markets. The headline news about the 2019 Jetta is the fact it's now being built on the MQB platform that already underpins models as diverse as the Atlas and the Golf.
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The Latest: Worker who hit false missile alert is reassigned
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Hawaii's false alert about an incoming ballistic missile (all times local):
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If Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, politicians would denounce him
Today is the day when many American politicians pretend to care about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr, one of the wisest souls who attempted to save this sorry nation. While King did care about black and/or poor people in the United States and around the world, he was no American exceptionalist. “Don’t let anybody make you think God chose America as His divine messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world,” King once said.
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Wrong woman killed in botched murder-for-hire plot
Authorities in Florida say the wrong person was killed last Sunday in a botched murder-for-hire plot set up by a scorned woman.
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Palestinians meet to respond to Trump's 'slap of the century'
Palestinian leaders met Monday to plan a response to what they see as US President Donald Trump's attack on their long bid for statehood, after Mahmud Abbas denounced White House peace efforts as the "slap of the century". The rare meeting of the Palestinian Central Council -- a high-ranking arm of the Palestine Liberation Organisation -- was called after Trump's controversial December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Palestinians want the annexed eastern sector of the city as the capital of their future state, and president Abbas has said Trump's stance means the US can no longer be the mediator in peace talks with Israel.
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Egypt's leader seeks to defuse tension with Sudan, Ethiopia
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president on Monday sought to defuse tensions with Ethiopia and Sudan, reassuring them that his country was not meddling in their internal affairs or planning to go to war against them.
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Haitians In Florida Protest Trump's 'Shithole' Comments, Demand Apology
Members of the Haitian community in South Florida gathered Monday to protest President Donald Trump’s comments about immigrants from “shithole” countries.
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Nigeria summons representative of U.S. ambassador over Trump comments
Nigeria's government on Monday summoned a representative of the the U.S. ambassador to explain reported remarks by President Donald Trump that immigrants from Africa and Haiti come from "shithole countries", the foreign ministry said. Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama "sought clarification on the veracity or otherwise of the substance of the remarks, stressing that if they were true, they were deeply hurtful, offensive and unacceptable", the ministry said in a statement. Trump reportedly made the remarks at a private meeting with lawmakers on immigration on Thursday.
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German man known as 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' asks for clemency
A 96-year-old German convicted over his role in the murders of 300,000 people at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland has filed a plea for clemency, a regional justice spokesman said on Monday. Oskar Groening, known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", was sentenced to four years in prison in 2015 for being an accessory to murder at Auschwitz. Christian Lauenstein, spokesman for the justice ministry in the northern state of Lower Saxony where the 2015 trial took place, said Groening's plea for clemency had been passed on to public prosecutors.
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Palestinians to get 3G mobile services in West Bank: official
Palestinian cellular providers Jawwal and Wataniya Mobile will launch 3G mobile networks for customers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank by the end of January, an official said on Monday. Suleiman al-Zuhairi, Deputy Minister of Telecommunication in the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA), told Reuters the two companies will be launching the service simultaneously having recently received a green light from Israel. In 2015, Israel and the PA signed an agreement to allow 3G networks to operate in the West Bank, but the implementation was delayed by Israel, al-Zuhairi said.
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Trump remarks continue to polarize conservative Christians
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's vulgar remarks questioning why the U.S. should admit immigrants from Haiti and Africa have spotlighted the bitter divide among American evangelicals about his presidency.
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Cape Town Is 90 Days Away From Running Out of Water
"Day zero" is forecast to be April 22
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Kashmir border violence kills nine
At least nine people including four Pakistani soldiers were killed in fighting in disputed Kashmir on Monday, India and Pakistan said. The Pakistani army said four of its soldiers and three Indian troops had been killed in an exchange of fire across the heavily militarised de-facto border known as the Line of Control (LoC). India denied it suffered any casualties, but said its soldiers had killed five "militants" who attempted to cross the LoC in a separate incident in Uri, 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of the main city of Srinagar.
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Trump defends vulgar remarks while partly denying them
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries.
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Egypt says it does not want war as tension grows with Sudan
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday Egypt is not conspiring against its neighbors and has no intention to fight, a reference to growing tension with Sudan. Relations have deteriorated in recent weeks, including over a Sudan-Turkey naval agreement that angered Cairo and an ongoing dispute over a dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile river that runs through all three countries. In the latest move, Sudan recalled its ambassador to Egypt without saying when he might be back.
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Cranberries Singer Dolores O'Riordan Dead At 46
Dolores O’Riordan, the singer of the 1990s Irish band Cranberries, died Monday in London, according to media reports.
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Russia condemns Trump's threats to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal
Russia's foreign minister has condemned Donald Trump's threats to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, arguing that the United States' reckless actions are destabilising the Middle East, Ukraine and the Korean peninsula. Speaking at an annual press briefing, Sergei Lavrov said Russia, Europe and China had warned the United States of the “harmfulness of such a step, of its unpredictable consequences”. “We will keep trying to make the United States acknowledge reality. And the reality is that Iran is fulfilling all its obligations” under the nuclear deal, he said.  On Friday, Mr Trump waived US sanctions on Iran for another 60 days, leaving in place the nuclear deal signed by Barack Obama. But he said it would be the last time he would waive them and said Europe and America must must “fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw”. At the same time, he raised pressure on Iran by announcing separate sanctions against 14 Iranian individuals and companies for human rights abuses. Mr Lavrov called these new sanctions an “attack” on Iran, a longstanding Russian ally, and said Mr Trump's actions were “deplorable”. Donald Trump speaks at the White House last week Credit: Evan Vucci/AP Photo The foreign minister also argued that the collapse of the Iran deal could discourage North Korea from engaging in talks about its own nuclear weapons programme. Healso  castigated military exercises held by the United States, South Korea and Japan last month. “The US is almost openly talking about the inevitability of military action (on the Korean peninsula) even though everyone recognizes the disastrous consequences of such a path,” he said. Russia and China weren't invited to North Korea talks in Vancouver this week, he sniffed, calling the US-Canadian initiative “harmful”.  Meanwhile, North and South Korean officials met on Monday to discuss plans for the recently agreed participation of the North in the Pyeongchang Olympics next month. Mr Lavrov devoted much of the two-and-a-half-hour press conference to the evils of US “exceptionalism” and its failure to “listen to the opinions of other centres of world politics”.  Mr Lavrov meets Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow last week Credit: Russian Foreign Ministry Press Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Although the foreign minister was photographed last spring laughing with Mr Trump and Sergei Kislyak, the ambassador at the centre of the collusion investigation, relations have only grown more strained since then. Russia's ban from the Pyeongchang games and the new US sanctions expected in 2018 showed the “fear of honest competition,” Mr Lavrov said. Washington was, along with the Kiev government, prolonging the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as undermining the peace process in Syria, he argued. Mr Lavrov blamed rebels for an uptick in violence outside Damascus that has killed least 85 civilians since the start of the year and claimed all Russian-Syrian military operations there were retaliatory. Batting away the lone question from a US news outlet about whether he regretted Mr Trump's election win, the long-serving diplomat dwelled on queries from friendlier countries. One particularly desperate journalist even waved a flashing traffic wand light in the air, but was not called upon. A journalist waves a flashing traffic wand light in a futile attempt to ask a question of Mr Lavrov Credit: Valery Sharifulin/TASS via Getty Images  
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Woman Charged With Murder in Death of Second Infant in 5 Years
She was previously convicted of second-degree manslaughter in 2011
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Turkey's Erdogan warns US against forming 'terror army' on its border with Syria
Turkey has warned the US it was “playing with fire” over plans to set up a 30,000-strong force to police its border with Syria, saying it had tanks ready at the frontier. The US announced plans on Sunday for a "border security force" - made up of Kurdish and Arab fighters - to prevent a resurgence by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). The BSF will be tasked with securing the long sections of Syria's northern border with Turkey and eastern border with Iraq that are under the fighters' control, as well as parts of the Euphrates river valley, which effectively serves as the dividing line between them and Syrian pro-government forces. Ankara has repeatedly warned Washington over its support for the Syrian Kurdish People’s Defence Units (YPG), which it sees as terrorist group over its links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) waging a bloody insurgency in southern Turkey. Kurdish and Arab fighters will make up the 30,000-strong border force Credit: AFP But reacting to the news on Monday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could barely contain his rage. "A country we call an ally is insisting on forming a terror army on our borders," he said of the US in a speech in Ankara. "What can that terror army target but Turkey? Our mission is to strangle it before it's even born. "Don't stand between us and these herd of murderers. Otherwise, we won't be responsible for the unwanted incidents that may arise," he continued. He said that the Turkish army was ready to launch an operation against the YPG in the northern Syrian enclave Afrin in the coming days. The Turkish army had already positioned a convoy of tanks and was pounding the area yesterday with artillery from its positions inside Syria. The YPG was the backbone of the fight against Isil in Raqqa. Mr Erdogan tolerated the US’s backing of Kurdish groups during the operation to liberate the city, in the hope Washington would abandon them after the city was liberated.   Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces gesture the "V" sign in Raqqa, Syria Credit: Reuters But the latest plans hint at the US’s longer-term plans for their involvement in the region and will concern Turkey, which fears the move is a step towards Syrian Kurds achieving a breakaway state. The threat could bring the two Nato allies, who once worked together to support rebel groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad’s government, into direct military confrontation. “The Kurdish people will rise up as a whole. It will be total warfare,” Saleh Muslim, former head of the YPG's political wing, said in a warning to Turkey.
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Cranberries Singer Dolores O'Riordan Dies at 46
She died suddenly in London, where she was recording
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Philippines' president made call on China's sea research - spokesman
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines' Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday, despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that as chief architect of foreign policy, Duterte allowed China to work with the University of the Philippines in Benham Rise, an area roughly the size of Greece and believed by some scientists to be rich in biodiversity and tuna.
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1 dead, 7 injured after crash on I-70 in Missouri
A fatal crash occurred on I-70 in Missouri Monday morning. The accident is causing traffic delays, with the eastbound lanes in the area shut down and one westbound lane closed.
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At Detroit auto show, trucks and SUVs are king
From European car makers to American icons, there were dozens of new offerings for the North American market. While sedans and electric cars were still in the game, the industry clearly favored the large SUVs and trucks that are the source of high profit margins and prefered by US consumers two to one. "Pickup trucks are not just work trucks at all any more.
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The Latest: Crews work to clear key California freeway
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on deadly California mudslides (all times local):
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UK air force scrambles 2 fighters to intercept Russian jets
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Royal Air Force scrambled two fighter jets to intercept Russian strategic bombers near U.K. airspace on Monday, in another illustration of ongoing tensions.
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Ritz-Carlton to re-open after holding royals in Saudi purge
The Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, a holding place of royals and ministers detained in a sweeping Saudi corruption probe, will re-open for business in February, sources at the hotel said Monday. The Ritz-Carlton website now lists rooms as available from February 14. A hotel employee reached by phone also confirmed to AFP that bookings were available as of mid-February.
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Erdogan says will destroy US-backed Syria 'terror army'
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday threatened to destroy a planned US-backed 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria, describing it as an "army of terror". Turkey fears that the mooted new force will be comprised of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia, whom Ankara accuses of being terrorists and have been a constant bone of contention in Turkey-US ties. The new upsurge of tensions between Ankara and Washington also comes as Erdogan has repeatedly threatened that Turkey could launch a cross-border operation to oust the YPG from the Kurdish-held town of Afrin in northern Syria.
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Driver charged after going wrong way at high speed on Interstate: Police
A Connecticut officer's dashcam video shows a wrong-way driver traveling northbound at high speed in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, police said.
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Turkey vows to 'drown' US-backed Syrian Kurdish force
BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey's president on Monday denounced U.S. plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria, vowing to "drown this army of terror before it is born," as Russia and Syria also rejected the idea.
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Past Presidents Volunteered On MLK Day. Donald Trump Is Spending It At His Golf Club.
President Donald Trump is spending Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday meant to honor the United States’ most iconic civil rights leader, at his golf club in Florida.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018: Apple celebrates civil rights leader with homepage dedication
Apple has changed its entire homepage to mark the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Mr Cook has been active in leading Apple's social justice and political efforts, but the company has always held King as a hero. The company has regularly changed its home page in recent years, using various pictures of and quotes from the civil rights leader.
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China Winning Artificial Intelligence War Against U.S.
Chinese artificial intelligence is now capable of outperforming humans in reading comprehension. A neural network model created by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba beat its flesh-and-blood competition on a 100,000-question Stanford University test that's considered the world’s top measure of machine reading. The model, developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science of Technologies, scored 82.44, while humans scored a 82.304.
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Obama: Here are some inspiring 2017 stories
For the New Year, former President Barack Obama shared three uplifting news stories from 2017, encouraging Americans to look beyond the negativity that has seemed to dominate the news this year.
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Body of father found after California mudslides, raising death toll to 20
The body of a 30-year-old father who had been missing since this week's mudslides in California has been found, increasing the death toll to 20.  The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says Pinit Sutthithepa's body was found Saturday afternoon. Sutthithepa's 6-year-old son, Peerawat, and his father-in-law, 79-year-old Richard Loring Taylor, were also killed. His 2-year-old daughter, Lydia, is still missing. The list of those still missing in the mudslides has now shrunk to four. Pinit Sutthithepa was identified as the 20th victim of this week's deadly Montecito mudslides Credit: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office/AP The search for survivors of the tragedy in parts of California's Santa Barbara County continued over the weekend, even as hopes dwindled to find anyone alive, officials said. "We're still in rescue mode and we still hope to find someone alive, although the chances of that are becoming slim," said Justin Cooper, a spokesperson for the multi-agency response team. Deadly California mudslides, in pictures Another 900 emergency personnel arrived Saturday to join the relief effort conducted by more than 2,100 personnel from local, state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy and the American Red Cross. The ramped-up rescue effort is in response to urgent requests for additional manpower made earlier in the week. Heavy rains on Tuesday soaked the area near Montecito, north of Los Angeles, where vegetation had been stripped away by the largest wildfire in California's history last month. Sodden hillsides gave way, unleashing a torrent of mud, water, uprooted trees and boulders onto the valley below and killing people aged 3 to 89. The destruction covered 30 square miles (78 square km), according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and forced the partial closure of one of California's most celebrated coastal roads, the heavily used Highway 101. Santa Barbara County Fire Capt Adam Estabrook and Engineer Rick Pinal search through a debris pile Credit: Reuters Officials ordered residents in most of the southeastern corner of Montecito, which is east of Santa Barbara, to leave their homes for what was likely to be one or two weeks. Many fled to nearby Carpinteria, where local resident Tessa Nash said they were communicating via a Facebook page called Carpinteria Swap, which is usually focused on buying and selling secondhand goods. Mudslides | Where am I at risk? In the last few days, Nash said, it has been carrying information about community-led blood drives and transportation tips. "We're really joined together," she said. "We're affected here in Carpinteria in the sense that we're taking these people in and a lot of people are out of work because they can't travel. It's a trickle down effect." (Additional reporting and writing by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Louise Heavens asnd Jeffrey Benkoe)  
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Scientists want future space telescopes to look for risky signs of alien civilizations
Global warming and nuclear blasts may be bad for humanity, but astrobiologists say they could be good indicators of the presence of intelligent life on distant worlds. Such signatures of risky biological behavior should therefore be included in the list of things for future space telescopes to seek out, researchers say In a white paper prepared for the National Academy of Sciences. The strategy would add a contemporary twist to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, reflecting the view that Earth is transitioning into a technology-driven geological era some call the Anthropocene. “Examining the Anthropocene epoch through the lens… Read More
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Chelsea Manning files to run as Democrat for US Senate in Maryland
Manning is a writer and activist, and has written for the Guardian. Chelsea Manning, the former US army private who was imprisoned for passing information to WikiLeaks, has filed to run for a seat in the US Senate. A federal election filing, made on Thursday, confirmed Manning’s intention to run in the November elections as a Democrat.
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Kim Kardashian Is Wearing A Grill Again To Bling In The New Year
Kim Kardashian is putting her money where her mouth is again.
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New pickups from Ram, Chevy heat up big-truck competition
DETROIT (AP) — The competition for full-size pickup truck customers in the U.S. is as rough-and-tumble as ever, with Ram and Chevrolet rolling out brawny-looking new models that are larger, lighter and more efficient than their predecessors.
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Germany's SPD at odds over coalition plan
Leading members of Germany's Social Democrats voiced scepticism Sunday over a preliminary coalition agreement reached with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, days after the hard-fought deal was hailed as a breakthrough. Berlin's SPD Mayor Michael Mueller said he was "very critical" about entering into another government with Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc after all three parties slumped to their worst results in decades in last September's election. "The same coalition with the same policies is not the right answer," the centre-left politician told the Tagesspiegel daily, calling for "further talks" to win more concessions on key SPD demands.
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26 Sweet and Spooky Halloween Desserts
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Plane Left Dangling on Side of Cliff After Skidding Off Runway Due to Engine Surge
Passengers aboard the flight were terrified.
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21 Devilishly Delicious Halloween Appetizers
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25 Super Cute Halloween Party Snacks
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South Africa's ANC leader: Zuma to be dealt with over time
The new leader of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, Cyril Ramaphosa, has said the question of whether President Jacob Zuma should step down would be addressed "as time goes on". There has been widespread speculation that Ramaphosa and his allies are lobbying ANC members to oust Zuma as head of state in the coming weeks, but he made no mention of Zuma's future in a closely watched speech on Saturday. Ramaphosa won the race to succeed Zuma as ANC leader last month, narrowly defeating former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Zuma's ex-wife, in a bitter leadership contest that had threatened to split the 106-year-old ANC.
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32 of the Best Ways to Update Grandma's Favorite Recipes
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All-New 2019 Acura RDX Gains Advanced Safety Systems, Turbo Power
The RDX, Acura’s most reliable new model in Consumer Reports’ reliability survey—and the only Acura that CR currently recommends—is undergoing a full redesign for the 2019 model year. Acura unvei...
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Full Bennet Interview: 'No question' Trump's comments were racist
Colorado Senator Michael Bennet (D) tells Chuck Todd that the United States is a "nation of immigrants," during an exclusive interview on Meet the Press.
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Woman dies after fire on casino boat off Florida's coast
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A casino company said Monday it never had a problem with the shuttle boat that erupted in flames off Florida's Gulf Coast, leading to the death of a female passenger.
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Sporty 2019 Hyundai Veloster Stays Quirky
Hyundai took the wraps off the all-new version of its Veloster hatchback at the Detroit auto show. As with the original version, the 2019 Veloster has three doors, with the right-side rear door a...
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Mercedes goes Jurassic Park with original G-Wagen
Making a big splash with a display at a major motor show that will really get people talking isn't always as easy as it may seem. To its immense credit, Mercedes-Benz has certainly managed it by presenting the first production G-Class SUV from 1979 in a huge block of amber-colored synthetic resin at the entrance to the Cobo Hall at the Detroit Auto Show.
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Myanmar says temporary camp will house 30,000 Rohingya targeted for repatriation
Myanmar is building a camp to temporarily house 30,000 Rohingya Muslims targeted for repatriation after fleeing violence in Rakhine State, state media reported on Monday, as Myanmar and Bangladesh meet to discuss how to implement a repatriation deal. More than 650,000 Rohingya have headed across the border to Bangladesh after a sweeping Myanmar army counteroffensive in response to Rohingya militant attacks on Aug. 25, 2017.
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2019 Ford Ranger unveiled in Detroit
Knowing how popular pickup trucks are with American buyers, it's perhaps a little surprising that Ford's best-known pickup in the rest of the world hasn't even been offered for sale in the US since 2011. It must feel a little odd that the maker of America's best-selling vehicle, the F-150 pickup truck, is actually entering one part of the lucrative US pickup market as something of an underdog as the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma are the clear front-runners in midsize trucks at the moment.
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2019 Toyota Avalon: A Snoozer Turns Snazzy
Like seeing Grandpa in a whole new light.
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Nissan Xmotion Concept: Is This the Next Xterra?
Compact utility vehicle could preview a new off-roader.
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Syrian Kurdish leader hopes new force will counter threats from Turkey, Damascus
By Rodi Said QAMISHLI, Syria (Reuters) - Kurdish-led regions of Syria are looking to a new U.S.-backed border force to protect them in the face of growing threats from Turkey and Damascus, a senior Kurdish politician told Reuters. With a political solution to Syria's nearly seven-year-old war still out of reach, the risks for the country's Kurds and their Arab allies remain high, Fawza Youssef said. The U.S.-led coalition that has been fighting Islamic State in Syria since 2014 is building a new 30,000-strong border force with its Syrian militia allies in the north.
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UAE says Qatar fighter jets intercept flights, Doha denies
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Monday claimed that Qatari fighter jets intercepted two of its commercial airliners in international airspace on the way to Bahrain, allegations denied by Qatar.
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Russia slams US demands for Iran; Germany seeks more detail
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia spoke out strongly Monday against the U.S. push for modifying a nuclear agreement with Iran, while Germany said it would seek more detail on what the U.S. wants and analyze the situation with its European partners.
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California rescuers search for victims of deadly mudslides
(Reuters) - The search for victims of last week's deadly Southern California mudslides pushed into Monday, with hundreds of rescue workers with dogs and scanners hunting for four people still listed as missing after the rain-driven slides that killed 20 people. Emergency officials said hopes were diminishing that they would pull more survivors from the ravaged landscape of hardened muck, boulders and twisted debris left behind by the Tuesday mudslides that scoured a landscape already left barren by last year's record-setting wildfires. "We're still out there with search and rescue crews who will continue to work until we can account for those four still missing," Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokeswoman Amber Anderson said in a phone interview.
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Honda, Volvo, Ford scoop awards at Detroit auto show
The Detroit auto show handed out its self-proclaimed "Oscars of the auto industry" on Monday, rewarding Honda, Volvo and Ford amid a crowded slate of new truck, SUV and crossover unveilings. 
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1 Woman Dead After Casino Boat Catches Fire Off Florida
Passengers and crew members jumped overboard to escape the burning ship
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Former Egyptian lawmaker pulls out of presidential race
CAIRO (AP) — A former Egyptian lawmaker said Monday he will not run in the March presidential election, saying the political "climate" wasn't conducive to campaigning.
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Ivana Trump says Donald Trump is 'definitely not racist'
Donald Trump’s ex-wife, Ivana Trump, has said the President may occasionally say “silly” things but he's “definitely not racist”. Mr Trump received massive blowback last week for reportedly describing Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African nations as “shithole countries” during a White House meeting. “Sometimes he says things that are silly,” Ms Trump said when asked on the UK's Good Morning Britain TV show about the President's remarks.
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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in India to deepen links
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu in Hebrew and stressed the close friendship between the two leaders and their countries as officials from both sides signed several agreements Monday on defense, trade, energy and agricultural ties.
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FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes, documents show
Court documents reveal FBI agents knew the gunman behind the Las Vegas mass shooting left behind big caches of guns, ammunition and explosives.
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CAIR Exec: What American Muslims Can Do Today With Dr. King’s Lessons
Coordination is key
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Feathered Dinosaur Shimmered Like a Rainbow, Fossil Reveals
Three years ago, a farmer in the Hebei province of China uncovered a mysterious fossil and brought it to the the Paleontological Museum of Liaoning. Now, after studying the find, scientists have announced that the fossil is of a new, duck-sized dinosaur—and when it lived it had an incredible feather display that shined like a living rainbow. An international team of scientists studying the dinosaur, called Caihong juji, made the discovery by carefully analyzing tiny melanosomes, the part of the cells that contain pigment, in the fossil, which turned up dramatic evidence of the dinosaur’s flamboyant plumage.
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Woman Charged With Murder in Death of Second Infant in 5 Years
She was previously convicted of second-degree manslaughter in 2011
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NASA raises safety concerns over Boeing, SpaceX spacecraft
Space.com Managing Editor Tariq Malik on NASA's warning about Boeing and SpaceX spacecraft.
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Stricken Turkey plane 'suffered sudden engine surge'
A Turkish passenger plane that plunged off a runway onto a cliff precariously close to the sea suddenly turned after a surge of power in one of its engines, pilots told investigators in comments published Monday. The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane had landed normally at Trabzon airport late on Saturday on a flight from Ankara but then went off the runway just metres (feet) from the waters of the Black Sea with its wheels stuck in mud. "When we were going to make our usual manoeuvre towards the right from the seaside by reducing our speed, the right engine suddenly gained speed for a reason we do not know," the pilot was quoted as telling the prosecutors.
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Conan Heads To Haiti To Mercilessly Mock Donald Trump
Conan O’Brien is hitting the road again to hit back at President Donald Trump in a “Conan Without Borders” episode.
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Accord, Navigator, XC60 take top prize at Detroit auto show
DETROIT (AP) — Automotive journalists crowned the Honda Accord the North American Car of the Year on Monday, a first for the longtime model that's twice flirted for the top honor as a finalist.
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Honda, Volvo, Ford scoop awards at Detroit auto show
The Detroit auto show handed out its self-proclaimed "Oscars of the auto industry" on Monday, rewarding Honda, Volvo and Ford amid a crowded slate of new truck, SUV and crossover unveilings. The winners are chosen from dozens of new vehicles, offering bragging rights and a chance to stand out in a highly-competitive North American market. Volvo's XC60 SUV was awarded best utility, a much-needed boost for the Chinese-owned Swedish car company as it aims to reassert itself into the American market.
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Salt Is Not Just Bad for Your Heart, It is Also Bad for Your Brain
Discussions about the effects of salt on our bodies are typically focused on heart health. A new study suggests eating too many salty foods could create an inflammatory response that impacts your brain health. In 2015, researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, found that too much salt appeared to reprogram the brains of lab rats.
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Egypt: 2 presidential hopefuls take aim at el-Sissi's rule
CAIRO (AP) — Barely a week after authorities set a date for Egypt's presidential elections, two hopefuls have launched their campaigns with criticism of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's rule, with one promising to end "repression" if elected and the other claiming the incumbent is establishing a dictatorship.
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The Latest: North Korea to send orchestra to South Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on efforts by the rival Koreas to cooperate on next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea (all times local):
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Donald Trump wants to bring inflation back
Donald Trump is going after Amazon again, this time by suggesting that the USPS raise its prices for shipping.
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Erdogan says Turkey will crush the U.S. 'terror army' in northern Syria
Turkey's President Erdogan said the U.S. is trying to create a "terror army" and pledged to "strangle it...before it's born". Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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Ancient Mexican Civilization Nearly Wiped Out by Something Stuck in Their Teeth, New DNA Evidence Reveals
Researchers believe they have identified a likely cause for a 16th century epidemic that decimated a group of indigenous Mesoamerican people known as the Mixtec—and it’s related to the bug that might give you food poisoning after a bad barbecue. Beginning in 2004, researchers found and exhumed several bodies from the more than 800 buried in mass graves near a churchyard cemetery at an archeological site called Teposcolula-Yucundaa. DNA from a strain of Salmonella turned up in the remains of people who died during this epidemic—specifically, in the pulpy part of their teeth. “This was a hugely devastating epidemic,” Kirsten Bos, one of the lead authors of the paper and a physical anthropologist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, told Newsweek.
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2019 Hyundai Veloster N: This Is Hyundai's Hottest Ever Hatch
The second-gen Veloster gains a more credible high-performance variant.
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Chelsea Manning confirms US Senate run
NORTH BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Chelsea Manning on Sunday confirmed via Twitter that she is a candidate for U.S. Senate.
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Netanyahu trip highlights India's tiny Jewish community
Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu makes an emotional visit this week to a Jewish centre targeted in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, in a trip that India's tiny and shrinking Jewish community hopes will boost its profile. Netanyahu will talk trade in New Delhi and marvel at the Taj Mahal before rounding off his visit in Mumbai, where the majority of India's estimated 4,500 Jews live. There he will accompany 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg as the boy returns for the first time to the house where his parents were killed in the 26/11 terror attacks that left 166 people dead.
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After outcry, Mark Wahlberg donates $1.5 million film fee
NEW YORK (AP) — Following an outcry over a significant disparity in pay between co-stars, Mark Wahlberg agreed Saturday to donate the $1.5 million he earned for reshoots for "All the Money in the World" to the sexual misconduct defense initiative Time's Up.
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China sees 1,300 fugitives returned from overseas in 2017: China Daily
A total of 1,300 fugitives were returned to China from overseas last year, including 347 corrupt officials, the China Daily reported on Monday, citing figures from the country's corruption watchdog. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) also said 980 million yuan ($151.69 million) of illicit assets were recovered over the course of the year. China has been waging war on graft and extravagance among government and Communist Party officials since President Xi Jinping came to power, arresting high-level "tigers" and low-ranking "flies" and banning lavish banquets.
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Mark Wahlberg donated his $1.5 million 'All The Money' fee to Time's Up
In the wake of an uproar over the $1.5 million Mark Wahlberg was paid for his All The Money In The World reshoots, the actor announced Saturday that he will donate the money in his costar Michelle Williams' name to the Time's Up legal defense fund. Wahlberg's hefty reshoot fee made headlines earlier this week after it was reported that Williams earned just $1,000 for her time.  SEE ALSO: Michelle Williams reportedly paid less than 1% of Mark Wahlberg's fee for 'All The Money' reshoot The cast of All The Money In The World reshot multiple scenes after director Ridley Scott cut actor Kevin Spacey from the film following multiple sexual assault allegations. Christopher Plummer replaced him. USA Today first reported the massive pay discrepancy on Tuesday. In December, Scott told USA Today that all the actors – excluding Plummer – reshot the film for free. Not so, as it turns out. Wahlberg's plan to donate his reshoot fee is a kind of bare minimum gesture following a week of bad press. On Thursday, USA Today published a story claiming that Wahlberg had co-star approval written into his contract. The piece alleges that it wasn't until Wahlberg secured a massive fee that he approved Plummer's casting. If true, holding up a casting decision to profit off of a controversy is... not a great look for Wahlberg.  Per The Hollywood Reporter , Wahlberg's agency WME – which also represents Williams – will also donate $500,000 to Time's Up.  WME's statement, via THR: Time's Up is an initiative from 300 women working in the entertainment industry who aim to support women in lower-paying industries who are more vulnerable to sexual harassment and abuse. From the Time's Up website: WATCH: Oprah's Golden Globes speech was the emotional call to action America needs
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Senators who didn't recall Trump using vulgarity backtrack
Two Republican senators who had said they did not recall President Donald Trump using a vulgarity to describe African countries backtracked Sunday and challenged other senators' descriptions of the remark.
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Pope seeks to turn tide of Chilean church bruised by scandal
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis' visit to Chile was always going to be fraught, but it has taken on an unprecedented degree of opposition with the firebombings of Catholic churches ahead of his Monday arrival and protests by Chileans fed up with priest sex abuse and cover-up.
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Lego Relased a Women of NASA Set, Since "Ladies Rock Outer Space"
Four of the most accomplished women in STEM are about to be celebrated with the highest pop culture accolade in America: a Lego set in their honor. Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride, and Mae Jemison are the four NASA veterans featured in the special "Women of NASA" set, which will hit stores on Nov.
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2019 Toyota Avalon Promises to Be a Functional Family-Friendly Cruiser
Toyota’s redesigned fifth-generation Avalon sedan debuted at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, featuring a new V6 engine, adaptive suspension, and a boatload of standard...
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Trump Attacks Wall Street Journal, Claiming Paper Lied About Single Word In Interview
An angry Donald Trump lashed out at The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, claiming the newspaper deliberately misquoted a single word in a 45-minute interview during its hunt for “fake news.”
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The Latest: Turkey's Erdogan to 'drown' Syrian Kurdish force
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):
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How Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday became a holiday
The fight to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a holiday took 32 years, a lot of campaigning, and guest appearances including Stevie Wonder, Ted Kennedy, and the National Football League.
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Dems threaten government shutdown over DACA
Griff Jenkins reports from Washington, D.C.
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Ivana Trump Says Donald's Not Racist, Just Confused
Ivana Trump on Monday denied her ex-husband is racist after he reportedly called Haiti and African nations “shithole countries.”
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2019 Volkswagen Jetta: Here It Is
Now based on VW's MQB platform, the new Jetta features a bunch of new styling and tech.
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Platform Sofas Are the New Platform Beds
Sophisticated + obscenely comfy = a winning combination
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Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept: Maximum Lexus
A proposed flagship in crossover form.
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Galaxy Note 8 preview: Samsung's big bet
Samsung is bringing the Galaxy Note brand back from the brink with the Galaxy Note 8. But can it bury the ghosts of the Note 7?
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018: Who was the civil rights leader and what will Donald Trump be doing?
Each year Americans celebrate the life of the US civil rights movement's best-known spokesman and leader on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The movement pioneered by Martin Luther King pressured the American government to end legalised segregation in the United States. This year will be the first Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Donald Trump's presidency.
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On MLK Day, Let’s Tell the Whole American Story
Our public spaces must reflect all of our heritage
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#3 of 10 Most Popular News Galleries of 2017: Scenes from Las Vegas mass shooting
A gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas casino unleashed a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival below, killing 58 people and injuring 489 others — as tens of thousands of concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives
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US-led coalition to build 30,000-strong border force in Syria
The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group said on Sunday it was working to create a 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria, drawing sharp condemnation from Turkey. With the offensive against IS winding down, the coalition and its allies in the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance were beginning to shift their focus to border security, coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon told AFP. "There is a goal of a final force of approximately 30,000," about half of whom would be retrained SDF fighters, he said.
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UAE says Qatari fighter jets 'intercept' passenger plane
The United Arab Emirates accused Qatari fighter jets of "intercepting" a passenger plane en route to Bahrain on Monday, in an ongoing row over alleged airspace violations. "Qatari fighter jets intercept an Emirati civilian aircraft during a routine flight to Manama in a flagrant threat to civil aviation safety and in a clear violation of international law," the UAE General Authority of Civil Aviation said. "This is a routine flight that has all the required paperwork," it said in a statement published by the state news agency.
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Car Flies Into Second Floor Of Building And Stays There
A cheesy action-film director couldn’t have staged this any better.
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Recent events suggest Trump's Russia woes aren't going away
WASHINGTON (AP) — Late last year, lawyers for President Donald Trump expressed optimism that special counsel Robert Mueller was nearing the end of his probe of Russia's interference in the 2016 election. But if there was hope in the White House that Trump might be moving past an investigation that has dogged his presidency from the start, 2018 is beginning without signs of abatement. In fact, the new year set off a flurry of developments in the probes by Mueller and Congress ranging in importance from the trivial to the ominous.
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Philippine online news site critical of Duterte ordered shut
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine securities commission has revoked the registration of an online news outfit known for its critical reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte, a move media watchdogs said is an act to muzzle the free press.
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Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Calls Donald Trump 'An Embarrassment'
President Donald Trump has “intentionally divid[ed] the country and the world” during his first year in office, former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told the Lincoln Journal-Star for a story published this weekend.
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Leader of Britain's UKIP splits with girlfriend after "appalling" Markle comments
The leader of Britain's anti-European Union UKIP Party said he had split with his new girlfriend after a newspaper published derogatory comments she made about Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle and black people. Henry Bolton, 54, who became the ailing UK Independence Party's fourth leader in a year when he was elected last September, said he had ended his relationship with model Jo Marney after the "appalling" text messages she sent to a friend were published. Marney, 25, who began dating Bolton just after Christmas, had described U.S. actress Markle, whose father is white and mother is African-American, as a "dumb little commoner" and said "her seed with (sic) taint our royal family", according to the texts printed in the Mail on Sunday newspaper.
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Donald Trump said 's***house' and not 's***hole', claims White House source
Donald Trump did not use the term “s***hole” to describe developing countries during a meeting on immigration, instead using the word “s***house”, it has been claimed. According to The Washington Post, which first reported Mr Trump’s alleged remarks, the billionaire said he would be open to higher levels of migration from Asian countries and Norway. The Post‘s White House reporter, Josh Dawsey, said a White House official had told him there was a debate “internally” about the word used, with two senators – Republicans David Perdue and Tom Cotton – saying they had heard the latter.
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Ford shows off new and original Bullitt Mustangs
Ask just about any Mustang enthusiasts what the "holy grail" of Mustangs is and the 1968 fastback driven by Steve McQueen in the movie "Bullitt" is going to be close to the top of the list. For a long time it was thought the original from the movie was lost forever, but it's now been found and has taken its rightful place alongside a new 2019 Bullitt Mustang Ford that has just unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new car isn't just a current Mustang painted in Highland Green to pay homage to the movie original either.
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Hawaii's False Missile Alert Caused By Employee Who Pushed The Wrong Button
Residents went into a panic.
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Canada Debt Survey: A Third Of Canadians Can't Make Their Monthly Payments
As Canadians prepare for a possible interest rate hike from the Bank of Canada this week, a new study is warning that the country's indebted consumers are increasingly struggling to keep up with their expenses. One-third of Canadians say they are no longer able to cover their monthly bills and debt payments, according to a survey carried out by Ipsos for insolvency consultancy MNP, up from 25 per cent in a survey three months earlier. "With interest rates on the rise, Canadians are more stretched financially than they have ever been before," MNP President Grant Bazian said in a statement.
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Robots Can Now Read Better Than Humans, Putting Millions of Jobs at Risk
An artificial intelligence algorithm has outperformed humans at a reading comprehension test for the first time, potentially putting millions of customer service jobs at risk of automation. The AI algorithm, developed by Chinese retail giant Alibaba, outscored humans in the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD)—a global reading test consisting of more than 100,000 questions. Using natural-language processing, the machine-learning model developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science of Technologies beat rival humans with a score of 82.44 compared to 82.305, the company said.
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Alveda King's message for Rep. Lewis on MLK Day
Niece of Martin Luther King Jr. reacts to the congressman calling President Trump a racist.
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Protests in Johannesburg over 'racist' H&M ad
South African police Saturday intervened to clear protesters trashing outlets of Swedish clothing giant Hennes and Mauritz in Johannesburg over a controversial advertisement of a black child. The company has pulled the photograph but the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) -- a radical group set up by the expelled head of the youth wing of the ruling African National Congress -- organised protests at several H&M outlets in and around Johannesburg.
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Erdogan says Turkey will crush 'terror army' in northern Syria
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday the United States was trying to create a "terror army" on Turkey's southern frontier by training a Syrian border force that includes a Kurdish militia, and pledged to crush it before it came into being. "A country we call an ally is insisting on forming a terror army on our borders," Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara. "What can that terror army target but Turkey?" "Our mission is to strangle it before it's even born." On Sunday, the U.S.-led coalition said it was working with the mainly Kurdish YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to set up a new 30,000-strong border force.
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Today's Toilets Use Less Water and Make Less Noise
From space age–looking models to new technologies that greatly improve water efficiency, the latest toilets on display at the recent International Builders’ Show featured all kinds of innovations...
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Lindsay Lohan Says Past Relationships With Women Were Part Of 'Living In L.A.'
Lindsay Lohan may be single, but she’s not looking to mingle.
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A Double Suicide Bombing in Baghdad has Killed at Least 38 People
The explosions also wounded at least 105 people
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Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria 'before it's even born'
By Ellen Francis and Ezgi Erkoyun BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to "strangle" a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born," as Washington's backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies. The United States announced its support on Sunday for plans for a "border force" to defend territory held by U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters in northern Syria. The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad responded on Monday by vowing to crush the new force and drive U.S. troops from the country.
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12,000 flee as lava oozes from Philippine volcano
Thousands fled from their homes as lava oozed out of a rumbling Philippine volcano on Monday in what volcanologists described as a "quiet eruption", warning it could lead to a hazardous explosion within days. Lava was slowly flowing out of the Mayon volcano's crater along with a spectacular 1,000-metre (3,280-foot) ash plume rising into the sky, the nation's volcanology institute said. It may escalate into a hazardous eruption," Paul Alanis, science research specialist at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), told AFP.
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Sheriff: Casino shuttle boat ablaze, all 50 passengers safe
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A boat shuttling patrons to a casino ship off the Florida Gulf Coast became swiftly engulfed by flames Sunday afternoon, and dozens of passengers and crew escaped by jumping into chilly waters near shore, authorities said.
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North Korean orchestra to perform in South during Olympics amid easing tensions
By Hyonhee Shin and Christine Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea agreed during rare talks on Monday to send a 140-strong orchestra to perform during the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, Seoul said, amid easing tensions after a months-long standoff over the North's weapons programs. Officials from the two Koreas, technically still at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty, met on the North side of the border truce village of Panmunjom to discuss North Korea sending performers - for the first time in 18 years - to the Olympics in Pyeongchang. The two sides agreed that the orchestra would stage performances in the capital, Seoul, and at Gangneung, near Pyeongchang, the South's Unification Ministry said in a statement.
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Five interesting facts on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s birthday
Constitution Daily looks back at the inspirational story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and uncovers some interesting facts about the late civil rights leader’s life.
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Volkswagen reports record global car sales in 2017
Volkswagen said Sunday that its namesake brand sold more vehicles worldwide in 2017 than ever before, a sign it is recovering from a bruising emissions-cheating scandal three years ago. "We finished 2017 with the best performance ever for Volkswagen," Herbert Diess, chairman of the board of management of the Volkswagen passenger cars brand, said Sunday night at the Detroit Auto Show. Other countries with strong gains in terms of percentages included the United States, Russia and Brazil, although all of these countries are much smaller markets for VW than China.
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Martin Luther King Day 2018: Nine quotes from the civil rights leader that still resonate today
Three decades have passed since Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday became a national holiday across America. Initially President Reagan resisted plans to make King’s birthday a public holiday, arguing it would lead to other groups and leaders to seek similar concessions. Republicans also claimed they were concerned King had an ‘inappropriate' sexual past and links to communism.
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Florida prisoners plan Martin Luther King Day strike over 'slavery'
Florida has the third-largest prison system in the US, with 97,000 inmates. Inmates of Florida’s prisons are planning to use Monday’s Martin Luther King Day holiday to launch a statewide strike over conditions they say amount to modern-day slavery. “Our goal is to make the governor realise that it will cost the state of Florida millions of dollars daily to contract outside companies to come and cook, clean and handle the maintenance,” the unnamed prisoners said in a statement posted on the website of the inmates’ advocacy group Fight Toxic Prisons.
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Robots Can Now Read Better Than Humans, Putting Millions of Jobs at Risk
An artificial intelligence algorithm has outperformed humans at a reading comprehension test for the first time, potentially putting millions of customer service jobs at risk of automation. The AI algorithm, developed by Chinese retail giant Alibaba, outscored humans in the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD)—a global reading test consisting of more than 100,000 questions. Using natural-language processing, the machine-learning model developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science of Technologies beat rival humans with a score of 82.44 compared to 82.305, the company said.
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Death toll from California mudslides rises to 20
Search and rescue teams combed the aftermath of a deadly mudslide in southern California on Sunday as authorities confirmed another death, raising the number of fatalities to 20, officials said. The slide left 28 people injured and destroyed 65 homes and eight businesses in Montecito, a community just east of the city of Santa Barbara. Massive wildfires in the area forced evacuations in December, and the mudslides struck just two weeks after people returned.
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Woman dies after fire on casino boat off Florida's coast
A female passenger has died hours after a casino boat caught fire off Florida's Gulf Coast, forcing her and about 50 other passengers and crew to jump into the chilly waters to escape. Regional Medical ...
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How to stop procrastinating
To be human is to procrastinate. Exceptions exist, but most of us can identify at least one area of our imperfect lives (whether it’s our health, home, work, or relationships), where, for no justifiable reason, we routinely delay doing that thing (or series of small thingys) that would improve the present moment or future. Procrastination…
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SoftBank considers Japan's biggest ever IPO
SoftBank said on Monday it was considering listing its Japanese wireless business - a move that could reportedly raise $18 billion and would accelerate the conglomerate’s transformation into one of the world’s biggest tech investors. Ryan Brooks reports.
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Talks in Myanmar to 'settle issues' on Rohingya return
Talks were held Monday to "settle issues" over the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, Bangladeshi officials told AFP, as doubts linger over how many of the 655,000 Muslim minority who fled violence are likely to return. Under diplomatic pressure, Myanmar has vowed to repatriate refugees driven into Bangladesh by an army crackdown last year, if they can verify they belong in western Rakhine state.
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SpaceX and Boeing Slated for Manned Space Missions By Year’s End
The companies plan to send crews to the ISS.
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Philippine regulator revokes license of news website for ownership violations
By Neil Jerome Morales and Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine corporate regulator has rescinded the operating license of an online news platform that has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte's policies, arguing it used a "deceptive scheme" to violate restrictions on foreign ownership of media. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday said news website Rappler (www.rappler.com) had violated foreign equity restrictions on media because it "sold control to foreigners", a decision Rappler said was baseless because its two foreign investors owned no shares in the company. SEC Secretary Armando Pan said the Jan. 11 decision announced on Monday was, however, "not final and executory", and Rappler "may continue" to operate pending appeal.
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China Plans to Destroy Space Junk With Giant Lasers
Chinese scientists have an audacious proposal to clean up Earth’s cluttered orbit using giant lasers to obliterate old satellites and other space junk. A paper, titled Impacts of orbital elements of space-based laser station on small scale space debris removal, by researchers at the Air Force Engineering University in China describes how space debris could be zapped into smaller, less-harmful pieces using space-based lasers. Space junk is an issue that has been occupying international space agencies for years, with NASA considering a variety of options to track, detect and remove man-made debris.
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Philippine news website's licence revoked after Duterte threat
The Philippine government has revoked the operating licence of leading news website Rappler, officials said Monday in a ruling denounced by President Rodrigo Duterte's critics as the latest blow to press freedom. Rappler, set up in 2012, is among a clutch of Philippine news organisations that have sparred with Duterte over their critical coverage of his brutal drugs war.
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US moves ships, bombers toward Korea ahead of Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. is beefing up its presence around the Korean Peninsula ahead of next month's Winter Olympics by deploying stealth bombers, at least one extra aircraft carrier and a new amphibious assault ship to the region.
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NASA Has First Close Look at Distant Galaxy From Dawn of the Universe
NASA’s Hubble Telescope has captured a picture of the young SPT0615-JD galaxy, which existed more than 13 billion years ago. While astronomers have observed some galaxies at this distance, they have only appeared as tiny red pin pricks. A strange phenomenon called gravitational lensing has allowed astronomers to see this ancient galaxy bigger and brighter than any others from this distance.
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This new virtual reality system is taking researchers inside microscopic images
Scientists have found a new way to study the incredibly detailed images captured by cutting-edge microscopes: Physically moving through the 3-dimensional scans in virtual reality. Developed by scientists from the Swiss nonprofit, Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering, and the University of Geneva, it will allow researchers to view brain structures and connections that have…
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Is This the Real 'F-52' Fighter?
President Donald Trump recently told reporters that the United States had delivered the F-52 to Norway. The aircraft only exists in the context of a video game called “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare”—however, there was once a real world concept that looks similar to the fiction jet. The aircraft that appears in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is clearly based on early 1990s-era Lockheed Martin concepts for the Naval Advanced Tactical Fighter and the later A/F-X—both of which were based on the YF-22 demonstrator aircraft that eventually became the F-22 Raptor.
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12,000 flee as Philippines warns of volcano eruption
The crater of a rumbling Philippine volcano was glowing bright red Monday, with vulcanologists warning it could erupt within days, sending thousands fleeing from their homes. Volcanic earthquakes and rockfalls have shaken the summit of Mayon over the last 24 hours, after a number of steam-driven eruptions, scientists said. More than 12,000 people have been ordered to leave a seven-kilometre (four-mile) evacuation zone, and there are warnings of destructive mudflows and toxic clouds. "It is dangerous for families to stay in that radius and inhale ash," Claudio Yucot, head of the region's office of civil defence, told AFP. "Because of continuous rains in past weeks, debris deposited in the slopes of Mayon could lead to lahar flows. If rain does not stop it could be hazardous." Clouds of ash engulf the volcano in Legazpi Credit: Reuters The volcano, a near-perfect cone, sits around 330 kilometres southwest of Manila. Steam-driven eruptions and rockfalls began over the weekend, and the crater began glowing on Sunday evening, in what the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said was a sign of the growth of a new lava dome. The Mayon volcano's crater glows, as it is pictured from Daraga, Albay, the Philippines Credit: Reuters Experts fear a major eruption could trigger pyroclastic flows - superheated gas and volcanic debris that race down the slopes at high speeds, incinerating or vaporizing everything in their path. More extensive explosions of ash could drift toward nearby towns and cities, including Legazpi city, the provincial capital, about 9 miles (15 kilometers) away. An archive photo of the Mayon volcano when not at risk of eruption  Credit: AFP Lava last flowed out of Mayon in 2014 when 63,000 people fled. "We think the lava now is more fluid than in 2014. This means the flow can reach further down (the slopes) at a faster rate," Phivolcs head Renato Solidum told AFP. "We see similarity with eruptions where the first phase of the activity started with lava flow and culminated in an explosive or hazardous part. That's what we are trying to monitor and help people avoid." At a glance | Deadliest volcanic eruptions The 2,460-metre (8,070-foot) Mayon, has a long history of deadly eruptions. Despite having erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years, the volcano is popular with climbers and tourists. Four foreign tourists and their local tour guide were killed when Mayon last erupted, in May 2013. The Mayon volcano during an eruption back in 2006 Credit:  CHERYL RAVELO/Reuters In 1814 more than 1,200 people were killed when lava flows buried the town of Cagsawa. An explosion in August 2006 did not directly kill anyone, but four months later a typhoon unleashed an avalanche of volcanic mud from Mayon's slopes that claimed 1,000 lives.  
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Progressive eugenics is hardly history – the science and politics have just evolved
It is not so clear that our own political and, increasingly, personal ambitions are so different from those of the original 'progressive eugenicists'.
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The Donald Trump show dazzles and shocks in first year
Donald Trump's first year in office has been a gripping spectacle of scandal, controversy and polarization that has utterly transformed the way Americans and their president interact. "Welcome back to the studio," said a beaming Trump, inviting White House reporters into the Cabinet Room for a recap of his first year in office. For a year now, the world has watched enthralled, and sometimes aghast, at the Trump Show.
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Airbus to scrap A380 programme if no new orders
Airbus will have no other choice but to halt the A380 programe if Dubai's Emirates airline does not place another order, the European aerospace giant's sales director, John Leahy, told a news conference on Monday. Originally launched in 2007, the A380 is the world's largest passenger airliner. Orders from Emirates, the main customer of the superjumbo, have stalled over the past two years.
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Russia says U.S. missile system in Japan could be used for attacks
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Monday that a U.S.-made Aegis missile-defense system that Japan has decided to acquire could be used for offensive purposes because its missile launching system is dual-purpose. Japan last month formally decided it would expand its ballistic missile defense system with U.S.-made ground-based Aegis radar stations and interceptors in response to a growing threat from North Korean rockets. Lavrov, speaking at his annual news conference in Moscow, said Russia doubted assertions that the United States would not be involved in the system's operational control and said its deployment would cast a shadow over Moscow's ties with Tokyo.
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Corning’s glass is half full and rising
We delve into the history of Corning, size up its modern business, and talk future glass innovations in automotive, computing, and pharmaceuticals with Chief Strategy Officer Jeff Evenson.
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Economists wouldn't have got Russian sanctions wrong if they'd read Anna Karenina, academics say
What would happen if economists stopped listening to each other and instead started taking economic lessons from Russian literature?
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'Saturday Night Live' Can't Use Language As Bad As Trump's
Though the “Saturday Night Live” cast was under NBC’s constraints regarding the use of inappropriate language when talking about Donald Trump — they quickly ignored the rules.
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How we created a mini 'gamma ray burst' in the lab for the first time
New research may help us to look for messages from alien civilisations.
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Leader of Britain's UKIP splits with girlfriend after "appalling" Markle comments
By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of Britain's anti-European Union UKIP Party said he had split with his new girlfriend after a newspaper published derogatory comments she made about Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle and black people. Henry Bolton, 54, who became the ailing UK Independence Party's fourth leader in a year when he was elected last September, said he had ended his relationship with model Jo Marney after the "appalling" text messages she sent to a friend were published. Marney, 25, who began dating Bolton just after Christmas, had described U.S. actress Markle, whose father is white and mother is African-American, as a "dumb little commoner" and said "her seed with (sic) taint our royal family", according to the texts printed in the Mail on Sunday newspaper.
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India, Pakistan trade gunfire and blame in Kashmir; 4 killed
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Four Pakistani soldiers were killed Monday after Indian and Pakistani soldiers traded gunfire in the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir, leading both of the nuclear rivals to blame the other for initiating the latest cease-fire violation.
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A Floor Collapsed Inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange, Injuring More Than 50
Most of the injured were college students visiting the stock exchange on a tour
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North and South Korea hold second talks in a week to discuss Winter Olympics
North and South Korea met on Monday to discuss the Winter Olympics for the second time in under a week, in a diplomatic thaw that has raised hopes of an eventual de-escalation of military tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Officials from both sides gathered at the Panmunjom “truce village” which straddles their heavily fortified border to hammer out plans to host a North Korean entertainment troupe at the South’s Pyeongchang Games in February, and decide whether to field a joint women’s ice hockey team. To date only two North Korean athletes, figure skaters Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik, have qualified for the Games, but Pyongyang is expected to send a delegation of hundreds after a diplomatic breakthrough early this year. The presence at the talks of Hyon Song-wol, lead singer of the Moranbong Band, fuelled speculation that the all-female group, known as North Korea’s answer to the Spice Girls, could appear at the sports event. Seoul has made no secret of its hope that North Korea’s participation in the Games could mark a turning point in relations after a year of sabre-rattling and growing fears of war over Pyongyang’s ongoing nuclear and missiles programme. The head of North Korean delegation Ri Son-Gwon (C) crosses a border line to attend a meeting at the Panmunjom truce village last week Credit: Getty North Korea on Monday offered another olive branch to its neighbour, proposing a third round of high level talks on Wednesday, although the agenda was not immediately clear. The negotiations, although the first in over two years, are still baby steps in the overall picture of military tensions between two countries who have technically been at war since the 1950s. The new thaw appears to have done little to mute Pyongyang’s animosity towards the United States. Speculation has risen that North Korea's all-female Moranbong Band may appear at the Games  Credit: AFP The North has made clear that denuclearisation is not on the table, and it castigated South Korean President Moon Jae-in for thanking US President Donald Trump for helping to push both sides to negotiations.   The US, despite agreeing to delay joint military exercises with Seoul until after the Olympics, is continuing to bolster its presence around the Korean Peninsula by deploying stealth bombers, at least one extra aircraft carrier and a new amphibious assault ship to the region. North Korea accused it of trying to put a chill on the renewed talks. “Such moves are an unpardonable military provocation chilling the atmosphere for improved inter-Korean relations,” Kim Jong-un’s party said in a commentary published over the weekend.
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California mudslides: Death toll increases
Six days after the disaster, crews continue to search for survivors among the homes washed away in a river of mud and rocks.
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Thousands Attend Inauguration of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam
Virginians came together to celebrate as Democrat Ralph Northam was sworn in as Governor.
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Chinese 'rainbow dinosaur' had iridescent feathers like hummingbirds
Scientists on Monday announced the discovery of a crow-sized, bird-like dinosaur with colorful feathers from northeastern China that lived 161 million years ago during the Jurassic Period. Microscopic structures in the exquisitely preserved, nearly complete fossil unearthed in Hebei Province indicated that it boasted iridescent feathers, particularly on its head, neck and chest, with colors that shimmered and shifted in the light, like those of hummingbirds. The discovery "suggests a more colorful Jurassic World than we previously imagined," said evolutionary biologist Chad Eliason of the Field Museum in Chicago, one of the researchers in the study published in the journal Nature Communications.
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The Handmaid's Tale Will Return in April With an Even Darker Second Season
The 13-episode season will premier on April 25
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Russia will not support U.S. bid to change Iran nuclear deal: Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to modify the Iran nuclear deal. Lavrov spoke days after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the "terrible flaws" of the 2015 nuclear deal.
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Google Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day With a Doodle Inspired By His 'I Have a Dream' Speech
The Doodle is inspired by the regular people who made up the Civil Rights Movement
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Plane in Turkey Skids Off Runway and Dangles Over Cliff
The plane dangled off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the sea
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Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey's Trabzon Airport
A plane with 168 people aboard skidded off a runway onto a seaside cliff after landing at an airport in northern Turkey at the weekend, but no one was injured in what one passenger called a “miracle”. The Pegasus Airlines flight had taken off smoothly from the capital Ankara bound for Trabzon, where the accident occurred as the plane was landing late Saturday. “There was panic, people shouting, screaming,” one of the passengers, Fatma Gordu, told state-run Anadolu news agency.
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Qatari royal says he is being held against his will in UAE
A controversial member of Qatar's royal family claimed he was being held against his will in the UAE yesterday/Sun, eight months into a crisis between the Gulf states. Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani, a little-known royal, emerged as a key figure in the dispute between the Gulf states in the weeks after Riyadh and Abu Dhabi cut ties with Doha. He is seen by some as a potential challenger to the Qatari leadership. A video circulating online, also broadcast by Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television, shows the sheikh seated in an armchair warning that he was "afraid something could happen to me that will be blamed on Qatar". "I am now in Abu Dhabi, where I was a guest of (UAE crown prince) Sheikh Mohammed" bin Zayed al-Nahyan, said Sheikh Abdullah, "That is no longer the case. I am now detained," he said. "I want to make clear that the people of Qatar are innocent," the sheikh said. "Sheikh Mohammed bears full responsibility for anything that happens to me." The video could not be immediately authenticated, while Emirati officials were not immediately available for comment. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in June over allegations Doha supported Islamist extremists and had close ties to regional rival Iran. Doha denies the accusations. In response to the video, Qatar's foreign ministry spokeswoman, Lulwa al-Khater, said in a statement that Doha was monitoring the situation. "The state of Qatar observes the situation closely, and due to the total severance of ties with the UAE it is difficult to clearly establish the circumstances surrounding the situation," she said. "Despite that, the State of Qatar principally stands with the protection of rights for every individual and affirms the entitlement of his family to pursue all legal means for the protection of his rights."
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Brit Party Leader Splits With Girlfriend After Her Shocking Remarks About Meghan Markle
#BREAKING: UKIP leader @_HenryBolton tells GMB he split up with Jo Marney last night over racist messages she sent about Meghan Markle and black people.
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Child Calls 911 After Babysitter Allegedly Leaves Kids to Go Home and Sleep
She reportedly admitted leaving to police.
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Crews slowly making progress removing debris after mudslides
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Recovery crews are slowly making progress digging away masses of mud, boulders and toppled trees in a California community that was ravaged by deadly mudslides, but officials said they've removed enough debris from creek canals to prevent another potential disaster when the next rainstorm hits.
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Ukip leader Henry Bolton splits with girlfriend over 'racist comments' as he fights to save his leadership
Ukip leader Henry Bolton has ended his  relationship with Jo Marney after it was reported she made racist remarks about  Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle. The leader of Ukip had been told to choose between his job and his new girlfriend after it emerged that she also sent graphic messages referencing the sexual abuse of babies in an argument with a friend. The Ukip leader admitted the relationship was "obviously quite incompatible" with his position as party chief and the "romantic element" is over as of last night". However he said he would continue to support the family of Ms Marney, who had been left "distraught" by the revelations. The Mail On Sunday printed texts it said had been sent by Ms Marney, including use of the word "Negro" and a message reading "This is Britain, not Africa" during a discussion about the royal engagement. In an interview with ITV's Good Morning Britain, Mr Bolton said: "I don't defend these comments whatsoever and indeed Jo has been suspended pending an investigation under the normal rules of the party for such things and it is against the constitution for the party to be racist in any way. As of last night the romantic side of our relationship is ended." He later told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the remarks were "indefensible" and said he had "no idea" Ms Marney had made them. The pair's first date had been on December 15 and they started going out on Dec 26. Mr Bolton said he was still married and his wife - who has been in Austria since July with their two children - found out about the relationship on Dec 30, "so we were still getting to know eachother". Asked if he had been "rumbled pretty quickly" he replied: "Yes indeed". But he added: "This is not a cold parting of the ways." He admitted that he had considered standing by Ms Marney. Asked if had "dumped the girlfriend for the  job" Mr Bolton replied that "it is not that clear cut". He said: "We have agreed that the job has got to take first place. People have used Jo to try to attack me." He added that the relationship with Ms Marney did not raise questions about his judgement. He said: "I have no intention of resigning  - and indeed the people who have been calling for my resignation are people who for some time have been trying to work to undermine the leadership of the party in any case." Mr Bolton said Ms Marney was "utterly devastated" and he did not believe that remarks made on social media were here "core beliefs". Ukip West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge called for Mr Bolton to go before he split with Ms Marney. "All we get day after day, despite the hard work of our activists, is talk about issues with his personal life, which, frankly, I don't care about. "But the way he is handling it is unprofessional. He's a political lightweight, completely out of his depth and, frankly, he needs to move away." Former Ukip leadership candidate Ben Walker also called for Mr Bolton to resign, accusing him of having "deeply flawed judgment". The party's National Executive Committee had already decided to meet next Sunday to discuss the controversy surrounding Mr Bolton.
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'The Next Revolution' panel tackles the immigration debate
The panel discusses President Trump's recent comments on immigration, policy moving forward.
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Palestinians exhume body of disabled Gazan killed during clashes
Palestinian officials exhumed the body of a disabled Gazan man Sunday as part of efforts to prove Israeli forces shot him in the head during recent protests and clashes. "Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh's body was exhumed this morning for another autopsy to refute Israeli claims that come as an attempt to evade their responsibility for this crime," Mohammad Al-Najjal, the deputy justice minister in the Gaza Strip, told AFP. Najjal said the Palestinian authorities in Gaza decided that "in order to refute the occupation's claims, the bullet in his head must be presented to international parties," he added.
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France's first panda cub makes debut appearance
Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher (France) (AFP) - France's first panda cub made its debut public appearance Saturday, five months after its birth, to rapturous crowds -- some of whom had travelled hours to see the fluffy male. Yuan Meng, which means "making a dream come true" in Chinese, was introduced into his new enclosure in Beauval zoo in central France along with his mother as adoring onlookers ringed the site. Zoo veterinarian Baptiste Mulot said the cub had been brought to the enclosure over the past 10 days to familiarise himself with the surroundings.
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Car soars into second floor of Santa Ana building in bizarre crash; 2 hurt
Two people suffered minor injuries in a bizarre crash Sunday morning when a car went airborne and slammed into the second floor of a dental office in Santa Ana, officials said.
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Key moments in year one of the Trump presidency
Out of the blue, one week after taking office, Trump decreed a 90-day ban on arrivals of people from seven Muslim majority countries and a 120-day ban on all refugee arrivals. Chaos broke out at US airports, with travelers detained upon arrival, and Americans nationwide staged protests against a measure seen as discriminating against Muslims -- though Trump said it aimed to keep out extremists. Trump's move kicked off a legal saga that has dragged on through the first year of his presidency -- and is not yet over.
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Mac OS High Sierra makes the Mac a teeny, tiny bit better — for free
Mac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13). As the new name suggests, it’s just a refinement of last year’s Mac OS Sierra. In fact, you could sum up what's new in an article about as short as this one.
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Trump defends himself anew against charges that he is racist
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is defending himself anew against accusations that he is racist, this time after recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations.
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Rand Paul: Calling Trump 'racist' hurts immigration negotiations
In an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tells Chuck Todd that he thinks the backlash against the president hurts efforts to find a compromise over immigration
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Dozens of People Have Escaped a Florida Casino Shuttle Boat After it Burst into Flames
All 50 passengers and the crew reached land safely
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Chelsea Manning announces a run for Senate
Former Army intelligence analyst convicted of leaking classified documents announces she's running for Maryland Senate seat.
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Bizarre crash sends car flying into 2nd floor of Santa Ana building; driver arrested for DUI
Two people were injured in a crash when a car went airborne and slammed into the second floor of a dental office in Santa Ana.
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APNewsBreak: US set to cut UN money for Palestinian refugees
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is preparing to withhold tens of millions of dollars from the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, cutting the year's first contribution by more than half or perhaps entirely, and making additional donations contingent on major changes to the organization, according to U.S. officials.
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Cryptocurrency rivals snap at Bitcoin's heels
Bitcoin may be the most famous cryptocurrency but, despite a dizzying rise, it's not the most lucrative one and far from alone in a universe that counts 1,400 rivals, and counting. Dozens of crypto units see the light of day every week, as baffled financial experts look on, and while none can match Bitcoin's $200-billion euro ($242 bilion) market capitalisation, several have left the media darling's profitability in the dust. In fact, bitcoin is not even in the top 10 of the crypto world's best performers.
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A Holocaust museum in Brooklyn focuses on faith, survival
NEW YORK (AP) — Faith and survival, not the machinery of death, are the central themes at an atypical Holocaust museum in Brooklyn.
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Protests mark Tunisia uprising anniversary
Tunisians on Sunday marked seven years since the uprising that launched the Arab Spring, with fresh protests and some people expressing pride but others anger over persistent economic problems. The North African country is seen as having had a relatively smooth democratic transition since the January 14, 2011 toppling of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali after 23 years in power. On Sunday, several hundred people took part in rallies in the capital Tunis, responding to calls to demonstrate from a powerful labour union and several political parties.
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Three charged with Ritz jewellery heist: judicial source
Three men were charged and detained Saturday over an audacious jewellery heist at the Ritz hotel in Paris this week, while two other suspects were still on the loose, a judicial source said. The men from the Paris region who are in their 30s and are known to police, were arrested after becoming trapped by locked doors as they tried to flee the five-star hotel. The robbery on Wednesday evening saw a gang armed with hatchets and handguns burst into the hotel on the capital's glitzy Place Vendome and smash the display windows of jewellery shops on the ground floor.
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Redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 Gets Bigger And Lighter
The 2019 Ram 1500 made a splashy debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, revealing a truck that is both more and less at the same time. What’s added to the new model?...
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Brexit vote may be reversed, says British campaigner Farage
Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said on Sunday he was increasingly concerned that a vote for Britain to leave the European Union could be overturned by a powerful group of the bloc's supporters. In an interview with Britain's Observer newspaper, Farage, former head of the euroskeptic UK Independence Party, said a well-organized and funded group of campaigners that wants to remain in the EU was drowning out those who want to leave.
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Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Says the False Missile Alert Stresses the Need for Urgent Talks With North Korea
President Trump should "sit across the table from Kim Jong Un"
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White House pushes back over Trump N. Korea quote
The White House on Saturday denied and corrected a quote attributed to President Donald Trump that suggested he had a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. "I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-Un," Trump was quoted as telling The Wall Street Journal in an interview on Thursday. Both The Wall Street Journal and the White House posted audio recordings of Trump's remarks on Twitter.
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2019 Ram 1500: Out of the Crosshairs
Renewed Ram loses last vestige of Dodge styling, gains features and hybridization.
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'A symbol of hope': An inside look at Martin Luther King Jr.'s lasting impact on Houston
Through some of the darkest years in our country's history, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood tall and reminded the world of a dream filled with hope, change and equality.
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Palestinian leader calls Donald Trump's peace efforts 'slap of the century'
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas denounced US President Donald Trump's peace efforts as the "slap of the century", at a key meeting Sunday on the White House's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In a wide-ranging two-hour speech, Abbas reiterated he would not accept the Trump administration as a mediator in peace talks with Israel and called for an internationally-led process. He also accused Israel through its actions of ending the 1994 Oslo peace accords that form the basis of Palestinian ties with the Jewish state, saying the Palestinians would study all strategies for responding to it. Beyond that, Abbas attacked the US ambassadors to Israel and the United Nations, David Friedman and Nikki Haley, calling them a "disgrace". Both Trump appointees have been strong supporters of Israel, with Friedman having backed Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. "We said 'no' to Trump, 'we will not accept your project'," the Palestinian president said. "The deal of the century is the slap of the century and we will not accept it," he added, referring to Trump's pledge to reach the "ultimate deal" - Israeli-Palestinian peace. The meeting in Ramallah of the Palestinian Central Council - a high-ranking arm of the Palestine Liberation Organisation - was called in the wake of Trump's December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Jerusalem - Israel The move has infuriated the Palestinians, who want the annexed eastern sector of the city as the capital of their future state. Prior to the declaration, Trump and his envoys, including senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, had spent months seeking to negotiate how to restart talks between Israel and the Palestinians that have been stalled since 2014. But since Trump's Jerusalem announcement, the Palestinians have refused to meet with the US administration, and Abbas is expected to shun Vice President Mike Pence when he visits the region next week. UN vote to condemn Trump recognising Jerusalem as capital of Israel Low point in US-Palestine relations In the buildup to the Central Council meeting on Sunday and Monday, Palestinian officials had stressed that all options were on the table for responding to Trump, including suspending the PLO's recognition of Israel. Abbas did not mention recognition but said the Oslo accords that led to the creation of his Palestinian Authority and envisioned a final resolution to the conflict were in effect finished. "I am saying that Oslo, there is no Oslo. Israel ended Oslo," he said, referring to persistent Israeli settlement building and other issues seen as eroding the possibility of a two-state solution to the conflict. The 121-member council will meet Monday to discuss strategy for responding to Trump's announcement, but Abbas offered few concrete policy proposals. Profile | Mahmoud Abbas Hugh Lovatt, Israel and Palestine Project Coordinator at the European Council for Foreign Relations, said while the speech was full of rhetoric, there was little noticeable policy. "It is safe to say that president Abbas has done little to improve US-Palestinian relations which have now reached their nadir," he told AFP. "Abbas's rambling speech was also noteworthy for what was not there - namely, any real vision for moving beyond the failed US-led Oslo paradigm. "Those hoping for a glimpse of a new Palestinian strategy to end the occupation or a shift towards a one-state solution will have been left disappointed." While Palestinian leaders have been outraged by Trump's moves, they also face difficult choices in how to respond as they seek to salvage remaining hopes of a two-state solution to the conflict. Earlier this month, Palestinian leaders said they will not be "blackmailed" after Trump threatened to cut aid worth more than $300 million annually to force them to negotiate. Trump says "we refused negotiations. May God demolish your house. When did we refuse?" asked an indignant Abbas.
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Wrong woman killed in botched murder-for-hire plot
Authorities in Florida say the wrong person was killed last Sunday in a botched murder-for-hire plot set up by a scorned woman.
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Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’
The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S., August 7, 2017. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is cancelling the domain for the white supremacist site Daily Stormer due to a “specific, immediate concern about inciting violence,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. The search-engine giant, which hosts website domains through its Google Domains service, made the decision to cut the cord to the hate site after GoDaddy (GDDY) told the Daily Stormer it had 24 hours to move to another domain hosting service.
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The Latest: Thousands attend vigil for mudslide victims
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on deadly California mudslides (all times local):
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This chatbot wants to cut through the noise on climate science
Noise and misinformation, especially on climate, has long been a problem on social media. To counter this, Australian not-for-profit the Climate Council has created a Facebook Messenger chatbot to inform people about climate science. SEE ALSO: Facebook announces a big News Feed change — and just wants you to be happy Launched on its Facebook page last week, it's an effort to connect with younger people who are interested in issues like climate change, but aren't the most engaged with the organisation — largely due to broader information overload. "Young people are saturated on social media because they're the most active on it, we know that they care and that they've got the thirst for information," Nelli Huié, digital manager at the Climate Council, explained. "But because they've got the highest use of social media, they've got the most voices clamouring to reach them through the News Feed. It can be a real challenge for us to cut through that noise." The Climate Council's chatbot in action.Image: The climate councilThe Climate Council started working with digital agency AKQA on the chatbot project last year. They aim to distill the organisation's high-level science into the more colloquial way people speak on Messenger. "It's really important to us that information on climate science is available to everyone ... making sure we distill that information in a way that anyone can understand it, and anyone can access it," Huié added. The chatbot's first iteration is simple, featuring a script that encourages users to take action on climate and assist in lowering emissions. It starts by giving an update on how countries like Australia are tracking to meet the Paris Agreement and leads into more personal responsibility. Eventually, the goal is for the chatbot to become like a "choose your own adventure" book. "People can [choose] the subject they want more information on, say if it's coal or Great Barrier Reef bleaching, and they can follow along and get information right down to the nitty gritty," Huié said.  In an age where misinformation can swirl around social media unfettered, even by certain world leaders, the chatbot could be a handy tool to bust myths on say, the recent polar vortex in the U.S. "With this chatbot, once people are engaged with it, we are actually able to send them a message and say, 'Hey here's some facts on the polar vortex, and what's really happening.' I think that's a really cool development," Huié remarked. WATCH: This VR gym makes you work out by playing games
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Abbas calls Trump's peace efforts 'slap of the century'
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas denounced US President Donald Trump's peace efforts as the "slap of the century", at a key meeting Sunday on the White House's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In a wide-ranging two-hour speech, Abbas reiterated he would not accept the Trump administration as a mediator in peace talks with Israel and called for an internationally-led process.
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Pogue's Basics: Alexa reminders
Amazon has added the ability to add names to timers with Alexa.
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2 Koreas discuss Northern art troupe's visit during Olympics
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Officials from the two Koreas met Monday to work out details about North Korea's plan to send an art troupe to the South during next month's Winter Olympics, as the rivals tried to follow up on the North's recent agreement to cooperate in the Games in a conciliatory gesture following months of nuclear tensions.
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The Debate Is Hot: Do Lobsters Feel Pain?
The Swiss seem to think so.
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Netanyahu in India for first visit by Israeli PM in 15 years
Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New Delhi on Sunday for the first visit by an Israeli leader to India in 15 years, promising closer ties with the regional power. Netanyahu and his wife Sara were welcomed at the international airport in New Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who made history in July when he became the first Indian leader to visit Israel.
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The Latest: Trump declares 'I'm not a racist'
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):
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Chile government guarantees Pope's safety despite church attacks
Pope Francis will not be at risk during his trip to Chile this week, despite a series of attacks at Catholic churches in the capital Santiago, Interior Minister Mario Fernandez said on Saturday. "We are not talking about significant groups that are truly dangerous." Francis, who hails from Argentina and is the first Latin American pope, will arrive in Chile on Monday. A Mass he has planned to hold on Tuesday in a Santiago park is expected to attract more than 500,000 people.
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I'm a Republican. What on Earth Is Wrong With My Party?
The MSNBC and TIME political analyst on her party, a GOP that has gone from compassion to Donald Trump cruelty, hitting new lows every day
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Crews Recover Bodies of Missing Men from Great Salt Lake After Plane Crash
Dive crews have recovered the bodies of a pilot and passenger in the Great Salt Lake after a plane crash.
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This 'Harry Potter' Fan Film About Voldemort's Rise Is Better Than You Think
In 2016, after reading through “Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince,” a few filmmakers began crowdfunding the fan film “Voldemort: Origins Of The Heir,” which follows Voldemort’s path to evil.
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Trump on his promises: Yes on tax cuts but where's the wall?
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump often brags that he's done more in his first year in office than any other president. That's a spectacular stretch.
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Senators who didn't recall Trump using vulgarity backtrack
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two Republican senators who had said they did not recall President Donald Trump using a vulgarity to describe African countries backtracked Sunday and challenged other senators' descriptions of the remark.
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140 Women Have Accused Larry Nassar Of Abuse. His Victims Think We Don't Care.
Larry Nassar, the disgraced former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics team doctor, has been accused of sexual abuse by 140 women.
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Tourist boat explodes in southern Thailand
A speedboat carrying tourists exploded off of Thailand's Phi Phi Le Island, injuring 16 people. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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President Trump tweets that DACA is 'probably dead'
Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah provides insight on 'Fox & Friends.'
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President Trump Says 'I Am Not a Racist' After Backlash Over 'Shithole Countries' Comment
Trump has been accused of using a vulgar word to describe African countries
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New 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Grows in Size but Shrinks in Price
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta shows the automaker is committed to making its entry-level sedan a more viable alternative to mainstream rivals like the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla...
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Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas Calls President Trump's Peace Plan 'the Slap of the Century'
Relations between Washington and the Palestinians have sunk to a new low
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Casino shuttle boat engulfed by flames, dozens safely escape
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Fire swiftly engulfed a shuttle boat Sunday afternoon used to ferry patrons to a casino ship off Florida's Gulf Coast, forcing the crew and dozens of passengers to jump into chilly waters close to shore, authorities said.
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25 killed in recent Iran unrest: judiciary
A total of 25 people were killed in the recent unrest that hit several towns and cities across Iran, the judiciary said Sunday, with 465 still under arrest. "Twenty-five people, ordinary citizens and our own forces, were killed during the recent troubles," said judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie, according to the Mizanonline news agency. "None were killed by shots from the security forces because they were ordered not to use their weapons," he added.
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Johnny Weir Isn't Here For Tonya Harding's Media Redemption
Tonya Harding’s newfound media “redemption” is getting a chilly response from one fellow Olympic figure skater.
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China absence looms over Canada meeting on how to pressure North Korea
By David Ljunggren VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from around 20 nations gather on Tuesday to discuss how to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions through diplomatic and financial pressure, but China, seen as a key player in any long-term solution, will be absent. The Vancouver meeting, co-hosted by Canada and the United States, comes amid signs that tensions on the peninsula have eased, at least temporarily. North and South Korea held talks for the first time in two years last week and Pyongyang says it will send athletes across the border to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
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Iran says it will retaliate for Trump sanctions
Iran says it will retaliate for new sanctions imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump, the day after he signed the nuclear sanctions waiver for what he said was the last time. Lucy Fielder reports.
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Mark Wahlberg donates $1.5 million after pay gap controversy
American actor Mark Wahlberg announced Saturday he would donate $1.5 million (1.2 million euros) to a legal fund for victims of sexual harassment following a controversy over the massive pay gap between him and a female co-star. Ridley Scott partially re-shot his latest movie, "All the Money in the World," after Kevin Spacey was fired due to sexual misconduct allegations, with both Wahlberg and Michelle Williams called back to act opposite Spacey's replacement, Christopher Plummer. Williams was reportedly paid less than $1,000 while Wahlberg made $1.5 million for reshoots on the film.
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Iceland's incredible, ever-changing ice caves
The photographer captured the amazing shots in the Vatnajokull National Park on the Breidamerkurjokull glacier tongue. Matej said: “One of the ice caves has been well known for few years already, but new ones appeared on east side of the glacier tongue this year.
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Hawaii emergency officials: Alert of ballistic missile threat was mistake
Hawaii emergency officials said an alert of a ballistic missile headed toward Hawaii was a false alarm.
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Saudi Prince Alwaleed in settlement talks with government: sources
By Rania El Gamal and Stephen Kalin DUBAI/JEDDAH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said. Prince Alwaleed, whose net worth has been estimated by Forbes magazine at $17 billion, is chairman and owner of international investment firm Kingdom Holding , and one of the country's most prominent businessmen. A second source familiar with Prince Alwaleed's case told Reuters on Saturday that the price had offered to make a "donation" to the Saudi government, which would avoid any admission of wrongdoing, and to do so from assets of his own choosing.
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Michael Sam Makes Up With Dad Who Criticized Him for Being Gay
Former NFL player Michael Sam, who had been estranged from his father since coming out as gay in February 2014, tweeted this week that the two have spoken for the first time since then. (Photo: Getty Images) When former NFL player Michael Sam announced to the world that he was gay back in February 2014, he was largely praised for his bravery and honesty by fellow players, various celebrities, the NFL, and ESPN — pretty much everyone, it seemed, except his father, Michael Sam Sr., who was quoted at the time as saying, “I’m old school. I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy.” STORY: NFL Dad Sends Powerful Message by Confiscating Kids’ ‘Trophies for Nothing’ Shortly after, Sam discussed his estrangement from his dad during a segment of Dancing With the Stars, while he was a contestant.
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NAACP Demands End Of 'Patient Dumping' After Woman Left Outside Hospital
Baltimore’s NAACP is demanding accountability after video captured a hospital’s staff appearing to abandon a discharged patient at a bus stop in only a hospital gown and socks, resembling a practice known as “patient dumping.”
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What We Can Learn About Sibling Rivalry From Serena and Venus Williams
Serena and Venus Williams share a hug after Serena’s victory over her big sister on Tuesday night. (Photo: Corbis Images) After Serena Williams beat her sister Venus on Tuesday night in a competitive three-set U.S. Open quarterfinals match, the two met at the net and embraced. Venus, the older Williams sibling, whispered to her sister: “I’m so happy for you.”
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Little League Team’s Heartwarming Last Act for Dad and His Son
Gary Parrish, center, died on Thursday of liver cancer. Gary Parrish was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and metastasis to the liver in June. STORY: Late Dad Makes Stunning Appearance in Photo With Widow, Baby When this year’s baseball season started, 11-year-old Ryan Parrish’s coach, Caison Whatley, who also coached him last season, noticed the boy was unusually distracted. He’s got a whole lot more on his mind than we could ever have,” Whatley told WSFA.
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Norway pokes fun at official Australia travel warning on polar bear attacks  
Norwegian diplomats have poked fun at official Australian travel advice on how to avoid a polar bear attack in the Scandinavian country. Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) softly dismissed tips from Australia's Smartraveller advisory and consular information service with a light-hearted Twitter response. “Thank you Australia for your concern,” Norway’s MFA posted. “We can assure you that in mainland Norway all polar bears are stuffed and poses only limited risk.” Officials followed up the sarcastic response with a photo of a stuffed polar bear on display in the office of Norway’s prime minister Erna Solberg. The Australian advisory’s Twitter post had failed to clarify that the warning was actually for travellers visiting Svalbard, an archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole, which has a population of around 2,000 polar bears. Avoid polar bear attacks in #Norway - read our travel advice. https://t.co/XBT4JSIvSh— Smartraveller (@Smartraveller) January 11, 2018 Here's an example from our Prime Minister's office. pic.twitter.com/qINeFbiUlu— Norway MFA (@NorwayMFA) January 12, 2018 Svalbard is attracting an increasing number of tourists who travel to the Arctic Ocean destination in the hope of catching a glimpse of polar bears in their natural environment. The advice noted that tourists have been “killed or injured due to polar bear attacks”, adding that avalanches were also a danger and accidents had been reported on glaciers and boats. “The level of our advice remains at the lowest level,” said Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. “Exercise normal safety precautions in Norway.” A polar bear explorer safari in Svalbard Credit: Shannon Wild / Natural World Safaris There have been a number of polar bear attacks resulting in death or serious injury involving tourists in Svalbard. A group of Czech tourists attacked by a polar bear who broke into their tent were fined £800 for failing to take the appropriate “safety precautions” in 2015. In 2011, 17-year-old British schoolboy, Horatio Chapple, was mauled to death by a starving polar bear who attacked a campsite. “The problem is, when the ice goes, the bears cannot catch food,” a local said at the time. “People don't really know how dangerous they are. One came down to the sea recently and people were running down to take pictures.”
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Erdogan threatens attack on Kurd-held Afrin 'in days ahead'
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday threatened to attack the Kurdish militia-held town of Afrin in northern Syria "in the days ahead" to clear it of "terrorists". "We will continue our operations begun with Operation Euphrates Shield to clean our southern borders of terror in Afrin (northern Syria) in the days ahead god willing," Erdogan said in a televised speech. The president referred to Turkey's previous eight-month military operation launched in August 2016 against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group and the Syrian Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) militia.
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Should Trump apologize? Paul: President 'hasn't helped his case'
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tells Chuck Todd that the debate over immigration shouldn't be dismissed over President Trump's vulgar comments, during an exclusive interview on Meet the Press
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Novak Djokovic’s Inspiring Dad Comments: How Being a Parent Heightens Happy Moments
Novak Djokovic, who beat Roger Federer to claim the U.S. Open title on Sunday, says parenthood has made him a better player. Since then, the tennis champ has credited fatherhood with improving his game.
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Study Finds Benefit of Cheerleading
Could cheerleading be the most progressive sport in terms of gender roles? New research from the University of East Anglia indicates that the traditionally female-centered activity can help participants of both sexes challenge stereotypes about girls in sports. The study, which was published in the journal Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, tracked the growing popularity of cheerleading in the U.K. and focused on the members of four cheerleading teams. “The participants in our study talked about flipping gender norms in cheerleading,” Dr. Amy Pressland, a co-author of the study, tells Yahoo Parenting.
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Why I Like It When My 8-year-old Loses at Sports
“In business, you either close a deal or you don’t — and if you don’t, you can’t just say, ‘Well, everybody tried hard, right?’” Jen Welter, a sports psychologist and the first female coach in the NFL, tells Yahoo Parenting.
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Here's What The FBI Lovers' Secret Texts Actually Say About Trump, Clinton And Leaks
WASHINGTON ― Last week, a story by The Hill’s John Solomon set off another firestorm in the conservative media about the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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World's Longest Bicycle Spans 117-Feet—Half a City Block!
Clear the streets! Dutch cycling group Mijl Van Mares Werkploeg just broke the 2016 world record for longest bicycle.  At a whopping 117 feet long, the bike stretches half a city block and spans farther than the word’s longest limo, at 100 feet long. Per Guinness World Record’s requirements, it has just two wheels and is actually operable. The bike stretches half a city block. (Photo: Guinness World Records) In the video, Mara Montalbano shows us how it rides.
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Cheerleading Coach Fired for Sabotaging Rival Teen
A cheering coach lost her job after allegedly tripping a cheerleader. Video shows the cheerleader backflipping and Teresa Fann sticking a leg out to stop her.
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Muslim Teen Defies Tradition to Become First Hijab-Wearing Ballerina
With a dream of becoming the first hijab-wearing Muslim ballerina, 14-year-old Stephanie Kurlow recently launched a fundraising page in the hopes of pulling together more than $7,000 so that she can get her certification to open a performing arts program in her native Sydney because she said, “I don’t want certain people who are discriminatory to hold anyone back from achieving their dreams and being unique.” 
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Racial firestorm surrounds Trump at MLK holiday
ATLANTA (AP) — The first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday of Donald Trump's presidency is taking place amid a racial firestorm of Trump's own making.
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'Sit down and shut up': The best of Chris Christie's 8 years
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie leaves center stage this week, but don't expect him to sit down and shut up any time soon.
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US to 'carefully' review GM request on autonomous car: Chao
Regulators will "carefully and responsibly" review General Motors' request to test an autonomous car without a steering wheel, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Sunday. "It is now coming to the stage with the rapid advancement of self-driving technology that this request is now a reality," Chao said on the sidelines of the Detroit Auto Show. GM on Friday unveiled the Cruise AV, an autonomous vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals, announcing it had asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to exempt it from a number of federal standards that cannot be met with a driverless car.
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Trump Insists He's The 'Least Racist Person'
President Donald Trump insisted Sunday night that he was not a racist, after days of people pointing out that his recent comments on immigration were racist.
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Cod catch at all-time low, but rebound could be near
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's catch of cod is at an all-time low, but the fishery might finally experience a rebound in the coming fishing year.
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Iran rules out any change to nuclear accord
Iran on Saturday rejected any modification of its nuclear deal with world powers after US President Donald Trump demanded tough new measures to keep the agreement alive. Iran "will not accept any amendments in this agreement, be it now or in the future, and it will not allow any other issues to be linked to the JCPOA", the foreign ministry said in a statement, using the 2015 deal's technical name. It has the backing of all the partners to the agreement apart from the United States, with Russia warning Washington on Saturday that withdrawing would be "a big miscalculation".
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Death toll from California mudslides rises to 19
Authorities in southern California raised the death toll from mudslides that battered the region to 19 on Saturday as rescue workers continued the search for victims. "Crews continue to search buildings and debris flows for trapped victims. Terrifying wildfires in the area forced evacuations in December, and the mudslides struck just two weeks after people returned.
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Trump: I'm a 'very stable genius'
President Trump, pushing back on a new book by Michael Wolff, says he's not only smart but also a genius.
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Trump accuses Democrats of 'doing nothing' for DACA
'America's News HQ' political panel reacts.
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Hawaii says lack of adequate fail-safe measures led to false missile alert
Human error and a lack of adequate fail-safe measures during a civil defense warning drill led to the false missile alert that stirred panic across Hawaii over the weekend, a state emergency management agency spokesman acknowledged on Sunday. Elaborating on the origins of Saturday's false alarm, which went uncorrected for nearly 40 minutes, spokesman Richard Rapoza said the employee who mistakenly sent the missile alert "has been temporarily reassigned" to other duties. Rapoza said an internal investigation of the blunder would be completed by week's end and that the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency welcomed outside review by the Federal Communications Commission, which has jurisdiction over wireless U.S. alert systems.
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Trump administration forced to start renewing immigrants' legal status after court order
The Trump administration is being forced to approve renewal requests for immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status, even though President Donald Trump has said that he would let the program expire unless Congress steps up and takes action. The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to continue approving the renewal of DACA status for individuals who apply as a result of a federal court which recently ruled on the issue. “Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017,” a notice from US Citizenship and Immigration Services, posted online, read.
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The Latest: Czech president willing to debate challenger
PRAGUE (AP) — The Latest on the Czech Republic's presidential election (all times local):
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Pakistan's Baluchistan region elects new chief minister amid turmoil
By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan's volatile Baluchistan province elected a new chief minister on Saturday, days after the previous leader was ousted in a blow to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party ahead of the 2018 polls. Abdul Qudoos Bezenjo, former deputy speaker of the provincial assembly and member of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) party, was sworn in as third chief minister in four years in the restive southwestern province. Resource-rich Baluchistan is plagued by violence, perpetrated by both Islamist militants and nationalist insurgents fighting to keep a greater share of the revenues from gas and minerals in the province.
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Rival Koreas agree to talk on art troupe's visit to Olympics
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas agreed Saturday that their talks next week will address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, rather than the participation of the nation's athletes.
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U.S. and allies must work more closely on North Korea: Japan expert
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States, South Korea and Japan must coordinate more closely on North Korea, with whom they are engaged in a "pre-negotiation bargaining process", a former Japanese defense official told Reuters. North Korea's Kim Jong Un has shown no sign of willingness to give in to U.S. demands and negotiate away a nuclear and missile program, in defiance of United Nations Security Council sanctions.
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Top Asian News 4:52 a.m. GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say rescuers have recovered the bodies of two crew members of an Iranian oil tanker that's been burning after it collided with a freighter last week in the East China Sea. State broadcaster CCTV says the bodies were found on the lifeboat deck of the Sanchi on Saturday morning. It says rescuers stayed aboard less than 30 minutes but were able to recover the ship's data and video recordings. The network says rescuers were prevented from entering the crew living quarters by temperatures as high as 89 degrees Celsius (192 Fahrenheit). Footage of the rescue showed parts of the Sanchi still aflame.
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Twenty now dead in California mudslides, major highway closed
By Caroline Anderson LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death toll from Southern California mudslides that swallowed dozens of homes and forced the closure of a major highway along the picturesque Santa Barbara County coast rose to 20 on Sunday, with four other people still reported missing. Emergency officials said chances of finding more survivors in the ravaged landscape of hardened muck, boulders and other debris had waned considerably since heavy rains unleashed torrents of mud down hillsides before dawn last Tuesday.
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Trump denies saying he probably had good relationship with Kim
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday disputed a newspaper's account of an interview with him last week in which he was quoted as saying he probably had a "very good relationship" with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Accusing the Wall Street Journal of misquoting him, Trump said in tweets that he told the newspaper on Thursday that "I'd probably" have a good relationship with Kim, using a conditional tense, which he insisted was a "big difference."The White House released a portion of the audio from the interview that it said showed Trump said "I'd." The Wall Street Journal released its own audio that it said backed up its version of the events.
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Myanmar, Bangladesh meet amid doubts about Rohingya repatriation plan
By Krishna N. Das, Serajul Quadir and Simon Lewis DHAKA/YANGON (Reuters) - Hamid Hussain, a 71-year-old Rohingya Muslim farmer, first fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in 1992. Officials from Myanmar and Bangladesh meet on Monday to discuss how to implement another deal, signed on Nov. 23, on the return of more than 650,000 Rohingya who have escaped an army crackdown since late August.
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Brawny pickups, futuristic SUVs star at Detroit auto show
DETROIT (AP) — It's the year of the pickup truck at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Ford unveil new trucks in a fast-growing and highly competitive U.S. auto market.
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SpaceX and Boeing Slated for Manned Space Missions By Year's End
SpaceX and Boeing Slated for Manned Space Missions By Year's End
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Trump inflammatory comments on 's---hole countries' in Oval Office immigration meeting
ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on the president's comment amid a history of racially divisive actions.
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U.S.-led coalition helps to build new Syrian force, angering Turkey
By Tom Perry and Orhan Coskun BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition is working with its Syrian militia allies to set up a new border force of 30,000 personnel, the coalition said on Sunday, a move that has added to Turkish anger over U.S. support for Kurdish-dominated forces in Syria. A senior Turkish official told Reuters the U.S. training of the new "Border Security Force" was the reason that the U.S. charge d'affaires was summoned in Ankara last week, and President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said the development was worrying and unacceptable. The force, whose inaugural class is currently being trained, will be deployed at the borders of the area controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - an alliance of militias in northern and eastern Syria dominated by the Kurdish YPG.
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3 Arrested After The Wrong Woman Was Killed In Murder-For-Hire Plot
She was the intended target's co-worker.
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Chevrolet's Big Bet: The Larger, Lighter 2019 Silverado Pickup Truck
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado unveiling was arguably the most important event of this year's Detroit auto show. The Silverado is not only General Motors' best-selling vehicle, but it’s also the se...
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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and His Role in the Civil Rights Movement
He led the movement.
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Millions Will Watch the Super Bowl — But Is the Football Generation Ending?
One NFL player after another — from former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, 69, who died in July 2015, to 27-year-old Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died two months after Stabler — has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated trauma. The New York Times reports that well over 100 football players, including several Pro Football Hall of Famers, have CTE so far.
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A casino shuttle boat caught fire Sunday in Florida, forcing the evacuation of dozens of passengers
Officials said passengers were "lucky" the burning boat was close to shore.
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How That Pro Cyclist Hid a Motor in Her Bike
"Mechanical doping" made its way into the popular culture last week when a professional bike racer got caught.​
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Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games
Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press. The AP’s survey of the aquatic Olympic and Paralympic venues has revealed consistent and dangerously high levels of viruses from the pollution, a major black eye on Rio’s Olympic project that has set off alarm bells among sailors, rowers and open-water swimmers.
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Trump asked why 'pretty Korean lady' analyst wasn't in North Korea negotiations
Officials said Trump’s comments ‘raised concern of a lack of cultural sensitivity and decorum’. Amid a global furore over his reported remarks about “shithole countries” and immigration, Donald Trump faced further controversy on Friday when it was reported that he referred to an intelligence analyst presenting information to him in the Oval Office as a “pretty Korean lady” and suggested she should be part of negotiations with North Korea. NBC News reported the exchange between the president and a “career intelligence analyst who is an expert in hostage policy”.
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2019 Volkswagen Jetta: New Almost Everything
A more modern platform and tech, and you can still get it with a manual.
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Major Earthquake Strikes Southern Peru
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck off the coast of southern Peru early Sunday morning, leaving at least one dead and injuring dozens of others, authorities said.
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Trump: DACA may be dead because the Dems don't want it
Jeff Mason discusses the impact of President Trump's latest statement on DACA.
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Turkey and the EU: time for plan B?
After an over half century accession bid, Turkey and the European Union are moving into a new period of relations where tighter cooperation in specific areas will be prioritised over Ankara's drive for full membership, analysts say. Ties between Turkey and the EU reached a low point in 2017 with the membership process grinding to a halt and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing some key members, including Germany, of behaviour reminiscent of the Nazis.
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Hawaii told to fix emergency notification system after false ballistic missile warning
Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told the state that it didn’t have proper safeguards in place to ensure that a notice like that wouldn’t be sent out, engulfing residents in panic. This was “absolutely unacceptable,” Mr Pai remarked. Residents and visitors of the island state were shocked Saturday morning when they received the notification — sent to mobile phones in the area — indicating that a ballistic missile was on-course to hit the state.
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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt
Putting the 'lit' in Bullitt.
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Trump Must Follow through with His UN Threats
If the Trump administration wants to succeed in brokering a peace deal, then the pattern of funding the Palestinians regardless of their intransigence and provocations must be broken. Donald Trump’s formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel complied with a 1995 act of Congress and fulfilled a promise made by each of the last four U.S. presidential candidates. The Palestinians condemned the decision, saying it destroyed “any possibility of a two-state [solution).” They proceeded to rally opposition in the UN.
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Cornell student says Fox News interview led to harassment
Student speaks out on 'Fox & Friends' about liberal bias on campus.
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Palestinian leader rebukes Trump: 'Shame on you'
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president railed at President Donald Trump in a fiery, two-hour-long speech on Sunday, saying "shame on you" for his treatment of the Palestinians and warning that he would have no problem rejecting what he suggested would be an unacceptable peace plan.
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False missile alert sets off wave of panic in Hawaii
The second recent blunder in Hawaii's planning for a possible North Korean nuclear attack left islanders shaken after an emergency alert warning of an imminent strike.
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Tourist in Hawaii describes panic caused by false alarm
State officials say emergency alert that said a missile was inbound was sent out by mistake.
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Jeff Flake Slams Trump’s Attacks On Press As Stalinist
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) says President Donald Trump’s attacks against the press are reminiscent of similar tactics employed by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.
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Shelter Makes Tinder Profile for 3-Year-Old Dog Struggling to Get Adopted
He has been at the shelter for more than two years.
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Hawaii resident describes panic caused by emergency alert
Alex was one of many to receive a false alarm about a ballistic missile.
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13-Year-Old Boy Saves Mother`s Life After Father Attacks Her with Sword
Police are praising the actions taken by a 13-year-old after he stopped his father attacking his mother with a sword.
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Civil rights hero John Lewis says he thinks Trump is racist after ‘s***hole countries’ remarks
Civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis says that he thinks President Donald Trump is racist after reports indicated that the President referred to Haiti and African countries as “s***hole countries”. “I think he is a racist,” Mr Lewis said during a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week”. Mr Trump’s comments reportedly came during a meeting with Congressional leadership to try and determine a path forward towards immigration reform.
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Hawaii says lack of adequate fail-safe measures led to false missile alert
Human error and a lack of adequate fail-safe measures during a civil defense warning drill led to the false missile alert that stirred panic across Hawaii over the weekend, a state emergency management agency spokesman acknowledged on Sunday. Elaborating on the origins of Saturday's false alarm, which went uncorrected for nearly 40 minutes, spokesman Richard Rapoza said the employee who mistakenly sent the missile alert "has been temporarily reassigned" to other duties. Rapoza said an internal investigation of the blunder would be completed by week's end and that the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency welcomed outside review by the Federal Communications Commission, which has jurisdiction over wireless U.S. alert systems.
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Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' willing to reach deal on DACA
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he is "not a racist" despite reports of his derogatory comments about immigrants from Haiti and Africa, adding that he was "ready, willing and able" to reach a deal to protect immigrants brought to the United States as children. Asked by a reporter in Florida whether he was a racist following reports that he said immigrants from Haiti and Africa were from "shithole countries" in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, Trump said: "No. I'm not a racist.
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Full Young Interview: 'It doesn't help' to label people racist
Civil Rights Leader, Former UN Ambassador and Former Atlanta Mayor Andy Young joins Meet the Press exclusively to respond to President Trump’s derogatory comments about Haiti and African countries.
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MTP Panel: Decades of 'Dog-Whistles' from Trump 'Disturbing'
Andrea Mitchell, Helene Cooper, David Brody and Elise Jordan discuss President Trump's vulgar remarks about immigrants from Haiti and African countries
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Stepdaughter in kill-for-hire case: 'Working on forgiveness'
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — It was hard enough for Kimberly Pack dealing with the killing of her mother five years ago, but the way in which prosecutors say it happened was almost too much to bear. Her stepfather, a doctor, is charged with arranging for his wife to be shot in her home to prevent her from exposing an illegal drug distribution ring he was operating with an outlaw biker gang.
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Macron urges 'respect' for Iran nuclear deal
French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday called for the "necessary respect" of Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the French leader to change the landmark accord. A statement from the Elysee said Macron "remembers the importance of preserving the Iran nuclear deal and the necessary respect by all parties of their engagements regarding the accord". Macron and Netanyahu spoke by phone Saturday after US President Donald Trump demanded that European partners work with Washington to "fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".
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Dennis Rodman arrested on DUI suspicion in California
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former basketball star Dennis Rodman was released from jail in California on Sunday after being arrested hours earlier on suspicion of driving under the influence, Newport Beach police said.
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Detroit auto show begins amid talk of NAFTA, tax cuts
The Detroit Auto Show got rolling Sunday with international trade and tax cuts dominating the conversation, even as carmakers raced to meet Americans' seemingly insatiable appetite for trucks and SUVs. In a keynote address, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao touted just-enacted US tax cuts, which reduced the US corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent, saying the move will attract more US investment. Industry insiders were taking a wait-and-see attitude toward talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has generated fears of huge tariffs on Mexican-made imports to the US.
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Missouri governor inspired disputes before affair was public
Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens courted controversy and touched off political disputes even before acknowledging an extramarital affair and facing bombshell allegations that he blackmailed the woman involved.
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Fire engulfs casino shuttle boat off Florida coast, 15 injured
At least 15 people were injured when a fire engulfed a boat off the coast of Florida on Sunday, causing the 50 people aboard to jump into the Gulf of Mexico and swim to shore, local officials said. A preliminary investigation showed the fire broke out at about 4:17 p.m. EST from an apparent engine issue, said Shawn Whited, division chief with Pasco Fire Rescue. The 60-foot shuttle boat was on its way to the Sun Cruz Casino boat, a little more than three miles away in international waters.
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Motor racing: Dan Gurney, all American racer, dies at 86
"With one last smile on his handsome face, Dan drove off into the unknown just before noon today, January 14, 2018," it said. The family said Gurney, whose Formula One career spanned one of the most glamorous and dangerous periods of the sport's history from 1959 to 1970, had died of complications from pneumonia.
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Peace efforts can only resume under international mediation: Abbas
By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he would only accept a broad, internationally-backed panel to broker any peace talks with Israel, but did not rule out a U.S. role in such a panel. The Palestinians are seething at U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition last month of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and Abbas told a meeting of senior Palestinian officials in a speech that the move had disqualified the United States as a peacemaker.
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China rescuers recover two bodies, black box from Iranian tanker
Chinese rescuers Saturday recovered two bodies and the "black box" from a stricken Iranian oil tanker which has been ablaze for the past week off the east coast of China, the transport ministry said. The Sanchi, carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, has been in flames since colliding with the CF Crystal, a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter, 160 nautical miles east of Shanghai last Saturday. "At 0837 (0037 GMT), four rescuers equipped with masks and bottles of oxygen were placed at the deck at the back of the Sanchi with the help of a crane," the Chinese transport ministry said in a statement.
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A Car Somehow Crashed Into the Second Story of a California Building
Officials said the driver was driving at a high speed when the crash occurred
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Ford Ranger Returns for 2019: Pickup Aims to be Commuter-Friendly Workhorse
A lot has happened in the midsized pickup market since Ford stopped selling the Ranger in the U.S. in 2011. Chevrolet scored robust sales with its second-generation Colorado. Honda reintroduced t...
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Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves one dead, scores injured
By Marco Aquino LIMA (Reuters) - A strong magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, killing one person, injuring scores and causing homes and roads to collapse. The quake hit offshore at 4:18 a.m. local time (0918 GMT) at a depth of around 36 km (22.4 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said. Arequipa Governor Yamila Osorio said on Twitter that a 55-year-old man died in the town of Yauca after being crushed by rocks.
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Man accused of fatally shooting mother after argument over video game
A California man fatally shot his 68-year-old mother Friday night after losing a video game, police said.
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Sen. Perdue on Trump's 's---hole countries' comment: 'He did not use that word'
On "This Week," the Trump ally who attended the Oval Office immigration meeting denies the president made the inflammatory comments.
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Sri Lanka president restores ban on women buying alcohol
Sri Lanka's president on Sunday reimposed a four-decade-long ban on women buying liquor, just days after his finance minister had lifted the restriction. Maithripala Sirisena said he had ordered Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera to revoke his decision last week to overturn the 1979 law prohibiting the sale of any type of alcohol to women. "From tomorrow (Monday), the minister's order will be rescinded," Sirisena's office said in a statement, which added that the status quo will be restored but offered no explanation.
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Donald Trump is more dangerous than Richard Nixon, says Watergate lawyer John Dean
Donald Trump’s unpredictability makes him more dangerous than Richard Nixon, according to the former White House attorney who helped in the Watergate cover-up before co-operating with investigators against the only president to resign from office. John Dean said the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller into the current administration could end up being more damaging to the US than the scandal that brought down Nixon in 1974. Mr Dean’s central role in the cover-up that brought down a president gives him a unique insight into the pressure mounting on the White House and parallels that span the decades. He told The Telegraph that the Nixon he knew was "an authoritarian personality" just like Mr Trump appeared to be. But there were important differences, mainly that Mr Nixon understood the presidency better. “They're very different in their perception of the president's authority,” he said. “Trump is more dangerous because he doesn't know what he's doing. The danger is he could do anything. “If Mueller wants him, Trump could just say come and get me I have the Defence Department surrounding the White House. Then you've got a real problem.” In Fire and Fury, author Michael Wolff's recently published expose of the Trump White House, Mr Trump was said to be a “John Dean freak”, comparing him with James Comey, whom Mr Trump fired as head of the FBI. “Comey was a rat," said Mr Trump, according to the book. He then added: “John Dean. John Dean. Do you know what John Dean did to Nixon?” Richard Nixon speaking during a 1973 news briefing Credit: AP Mr Dean, now 79, said he was pleased to be the focus of Mr Trump's ire. He said: “It means that maybe somebody's reminding him that everything he's doing may be worse than Watergate, that maybe he's thinking about it.” Mr Nixon was competent but dishonest, while Mr Trump appeared to be incompetent and dishonest, he added. The Mueller investigation is looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian interference in the 2016 election. Publication of Fire and Fury has heaped more pressure on to the White House Credit: Getty Images Mr Dean said there were similarities in that Watergate began with a break-in at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, while "Russiagate" started with a hack of the DNC's computers. In both cases a special counsel was brought in and there were signs of a White House cover-up. It was surprising how little the current administration appeared to have learned from the past in how to handle a special counsel investigation. "There are lots of echoes of Watergate," he said. Just as Nixon’s White House bungled the cover-up, so too Mr Trump should not have fired Mr Comey from the FBI. “The firing of Comey by Trump was a terrific blunder, about as ham-handed as you can get, and not dissimilar from Nixon asking the CIA to block the FBI investigation into the Watergate break-in,” he said. He added that current White House aides would be under intense pressure to co-operate with Mr Mueller. “They've signed non-disclosure agreements but if they're in front of a grand jury and they lie - or they lie to the FBI - we've already seen what happens with Michael Flynn,” he said referring to the former national security adviser who was fired last year and has since pleaded guilty to making false statements. Mr Dean, who after Watergate became an investment banker and author in Los Angeles, said Mr Trump should not expect an end to the Mueller investigation soon. It was more than two years from the Watergate burglary in June 1972 to Mr Nixon's resignation in August 1974. “Today with social media it's everywhere and it seems to be going faster,” he said. “But the investigation may not be. You can only investigate at a certain speed. People can only talk (to Mr Mueller) at a certain speed.”
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Iranian tanker sinks engulfed in flames, official says no hope of survivors
A Iranian oil tanker burst into flames from end to end and sank Sunday, eight days after a collision with a cargo ship off China, state media said. The Sanchi, carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, had been in flames since colliding with the CF Crystal, a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter, on January 6. Around midday Sunday the ship "suddenly ignited", with the entire vessel burning fiercely and a pall of smoke around 800-1,000 metres high, China's transport ministry said, releasing dramatic pictures showing the entire vessel obscured by thick black smoke.
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Israel says it destroys Hamas tunnel under key Gaza crossing
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Sunday it destroyed an attack tunnel built by the Hamas militant group that stretched from the Gaza Strip, though Israel and into Egypt, and that ran past Israeli military posts as well as gas and fuel pipelines.
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South Korea and North Korea to hold working-level talks on Jan. 15
(This version of the story corrects 2nd paragraph to show the delegation will be led by a Culture, Sports and Tourism Ministry official, not the unification minister.) SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea and South Korea have agreed to hold working-level talks at the Tongil Pavilion on the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom on Jan. 15, South Korea's unification ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The delegation, to be led by an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, will be sent to hold talks on the prospects of North Korea sending its performance art group to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the unification ministry said in a statement. Inter-Korean talks are held alternately at the Peace House, which is on the South Korean side of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone, and Tongil Pavilion in the North.
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British woman 'killed in murder-suicide' in Sydney
Police in Australia are investigating  a suspected murder-suicide in which an English woman in her 20s was allegedly killed by her partner, a man in his 20s. The bodies were reportedly discovered by the couple’s landlord in an apartment above a Persian restaurant on King Street in Newtown, a bustling road in the inner west of Sydney. “At this stage we suspect it is a possible murder-suicide,” New South Wales Police Inspector Geoff Olsen told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. Police have appealed for information about the crime. “Investigators are still trying to piece together the last moments of those involved,” a police spokesman told The Telegraph. The bodies were found inside their small apartment at about 5.30pm on Friday. Officials from the British embassy have been in contact with the woman's family. A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are providing consular assistance to the family of a British national who has died in New South Wales, Australia, and our staff are in contact with the New South Wales police." The woman was planning to leave Australia, according to a report in The Daily Mail. The nationality and identify of the man have not been released, although he is understood to not be from the UK. Tenants of the Persian restaurant below, and of an adjoining Japanese restaurant, said they did not know the pair. Police would not confirm the identities or nationalities of the pair. The deaths are being investigated by officers from the local Newtown command and from the state’s homicide squad.
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AP reporter recounts moments after Hawaii missile alert
HONOLULU (AP) — It was a beautiful Hawaii morning: nice breeze, blue skies, birds chirping. Then terror struck.
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101 Fwy closed indefinitely in Montecito as death toll rises to 19 and 5 remain missing
The reopening of the 101 Freeway in Montecito became indefinite Saturday as crews searched for missing people and cleared out mud, water and debris from a portion of the highway.
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Trump issues ultimatum to 'fix' Iran nuclear deal
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump gave the Iran nuclear deal a final reprieve on Friday but warned European allies and Congress they had to work with him to fix "the disastrous flaws” in the pact or face a U.S. exit. Trump said he would waive sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the international deal for the last time unless his conditions were met. The ultimatum puts pressure on Europeans - key backers and parties to the 2015 international agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program – to satisfy Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days.
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Man Accused of Killing Mom During Argument Over Video Game Headset
A 28-year-old man is behind bars after police say he fatally shot his mother because of a dispute over a video game headset.
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Syria army seizes dozens of villages in advance on key base: monitor
Syrian troops have recaptured dozens of towns and villages from jihadist fighters, a monitor said Sunday, bringing them closer to a key military airport in the country's northwest. "In the past 24 hours, regime forces have taken at least 79 villages in the southern parts of Aleppo province, an area near the Abu Duhur military airport," said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor. Russia-backed regime troops are aiming to reach the Abu Duhur base as part of a weeks-long assault against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which is dominated by Al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate.
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Hawaii Lacked Safeguards to Prevent False Missile Alert, FCC Head Says
The false missile alert sent residents into a panic
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2 bodies recovered from burning oil tanker in East China Sea
BEIJING (AP) — Rescuers on Saturday recovered the bodies of two crew members of an Iranian oil tanker that's been on fire since colliding with a freighter last week in the East China Sea.
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Chinese salvagers recover two bodies from flaming Iranian tanker
A Chinese salvage team recovered two bodies on Saturday from a stricken Iranian oil tanker, that was still blazing a week after it caught fire and was left adrift following a collision in the East China Sea, state news agency Xinhua reported. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif by telephone that "as long as there is 1 percent of hope, China will continue to make 100 percent effort" in the rescue effort, according to a report on the ministry website. The salvage team recovered the voyage data recorder, or "black box" from the bridge, before leaving the vessel less than half an hour after boarding because the wind had shifted and "thick toxic smoke" had complicated the operation, Xinhua said.
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Palestinian president calls Trump peace offer 'slap of the century'
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas denounced US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace efforts as the "slap of the century" on Sunday after the White House recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Abbas also said Israel had "ended" the landmark Oslo peace accords of the 1990s with its actions, while branding the US ambassadors to the UN and to Israel, Nikki Haley and David Friedman, a "disgrace".
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Violent protests resume in Tunisia after two days of calm
By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Violent protests erupted again on Sunday in two areas of the capital Tunis and another town after a relatively calm two days, the latest protests in the country against austerity measures. After nearly a week of at times violent protests, police used tear gas against dozens of young protesters in the Ettadamen district of Tunis in renewed demonstrations over a tax hike. A Reuters witness saw youths around 20 years old throwing stones at police cars and setting fire to tires before security forces drove them back with tear gas.
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Bomb placed in car wounds Palestinian in southern Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) — A Palestinian member of the militant group Hamas survived an attempt on his life Sunday after a bomb planted in his car in southern Lebanon on Sunday detonated, wounding him, the Lebanese military and the group said.
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False alarm on missile creates uneasy moment at Sony Open
HONOLULU (AP) — Charles Howell III was eating breakfast in his hotel when the restaurant at the Kahala started buzzing.
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Merkel risks leading weak 'losers' coalition for Germany
Germany's veteran chancellor Angela Merkel, often called the world's most powerful woman, will embark on a fourth term with diminished influence and little vision for shaping Europe's future, analysts say. After wrapping up more than 24 hours of talks Friday between her conservatives and the Social Democrats on forming a new "grand coalition" government, Merkel insisted the preliminary deal would break the deadlock in Germany and pave the way to a "fresh start" for Europe. "In fact this 'grand coalition' is only a mini-coalition with just 53 percent" of seats in parliament following the September election that saw both parties cede millions of voters to the far-right, anti-immigration AfD party, political scientist Karl-Rudolf Korte of Duisburg-Essen University said.
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Trump says immigration deal 'probably dead'
US President Donald Trump appeared to give up for dead a bipartisan deal on immigration Sunday, blaming Democrats as the aftershocks of his vulgar disparagement of African countries and Haiti rumbled Washington's political battlegrounds. Trump came back on the issue in a pair of early morning tweets three days after reportedly referring to African and Haitian immigrants as coming from "shithole countries," triggering global condemnation. "DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it," Trump tweeted, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program at the heart of the immigration impasse.
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Philippine volcano rumbles back to life, thousands evacuated
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' most active volcano rumbled back to life Sunday with lava rising to its crater in a gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers.
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Trump defends vulgar comments on immigrants, partly denies them
President Donald Trump offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries.
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Chelsea Manning files for US Senate bid in Maryland
NORTH BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Chelsea Manning intends to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, returning the transgender former soldier to the spotlight after her conviction for leaking classified documents and her early release from military prison.
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Passenger: Greyhound bus suspect was 'acting crazy,' claimed he had gun
A possibly-armed suspect is in custody after passengers say he threatened them on a Greyhound bus on I-94 near Wadsworth, Ill. Friday night, Illinois State Police said.
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101 Fwy closed indefinitely in Montecito as death toll rises to 19 and 5 remain missing
The reopening of the 101 Freeway in Montecito became indefinite Saturday as crews searched for missing people and cleared out mud, water and debris from a portion of the highway.
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Exam shows Trump in 'excellent health': White House
Donald Trump's doctor says he is in excellent health, after the 71-year-old president underwent his first medical examination Friday since taking office, the White House said. "The president's physical exam today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went exceptionally well," the doctor, Ronny Jackson, was quoted as saying in a statement released by the White House. "The president is in excellent health," Jackson added after the exam was conducted near Washington.
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LA Kings broadcasting legend Bob Miller honored with statue at Staples Center
Los Angeles Kings broadcasting legend Bob Miller was honored Saturday with a statue unveiling ceremony in front of Staples Center.
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Qatar exile says he's held by UAE; Abu Dhabi denies claim
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An exiled Qatari ruling family member once promoted by Saudi Arabia amid its ongoing dispute with Doha appeared in an online video Sunday claiming he's being held against his will in the United Arab Emirates, an allegation denied by Abu Dhabi.
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Iranian oil tanker sinks after burning for more than one week
An Iranian oil tanker has sunk after burning for more than a week following a collision on Jan 6 in the East China Sea, Chinese state media said on Sunday, adding that large amounts of oil are burning in the surrounding waters. The stricken tanker, called the Sanchi (IMO:9356608), which had been adrift and on fire following the accident with the freighter CF Crystal, had "suddenly ignited" around noon (0400 GMT), China Central Television (CCTV) said. "Currently it has already sunk," CCTV said, citing the Shanghai maritime search and rescue centre. It showed video of a tower of billowing black smoke and flames on the surface of the water. The ship sank before 5 p.m. (0900 GMT), CCTV said. China's State Oceanic Administration said that because the hull of the ship had detonated, a large amount of oil in surrounding waters was on fire, according to the official Xinhua news agency. The Administration said it would expand the scope of its monitoring and "quickly ascertain the spread and drift of overflowing oil" from the wrecked ship. Transport Ministry of China released on January 14, 2018 shows smoke and flames coming from the burning oil tanker "Sanchi" A Chinese salvage team on Saturday recovered two bodies from the tanker. Another body, presumed to be one of the Sanchi's sailors, was found on Monday and brought to Shanghai for identification. The Sanchi's crew consisted of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had told his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif by telephone that "as long as there is 1 percent of hope, China will continue to make 100 percent effort" to rescue and recover other members of the crew. ]nL4N1P807I] The tanker, owned by National Iranian Tanker Co, was carrying almost 1 million barrels of condensate, an ultra-light crude oil, to South Korea. It collided with the CF Crystal (IMO:9497050), which was carrying grain from the United States, about 160 nautical miles (184 km) off China's coast near Shanghai.
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UK party suspends leader's girlfriend over Markle remarks
LONDON (AP) — The U.K. Independence Party on Sunday suspended the membership of the girlfriend of the party's leader after she reportedly made racist remarks about Prince Harry's fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle.
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Alabama officials dismiss Moore claims of voter fraud; Jones certified as winner
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill laughed off the assertion by Roy Moore campaign spokeswoman Janet Porter that there is a "one in 15 billion" chance voter fraud did not occur in the state’s special U.S. Senate election.
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No survivors as Iranian tanker sinks engulfed in flames
An Iranian oil tanker burst into flames from end to end and sank Sunday, eight days after it caught fire following a collision with a cargo ship off China, state media said. Earlier, a Tehran official said there was no hope of saving some 30 missing crewmen before the ship sank, amid concern over an oil spill as Chinese officials played down fears of a major environmental disaster. The Sanchi, carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, had been burning since colliding with the CF Crystal, a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter, on January 6.
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Chelsea Manning confirms US Senate run
NORTH BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Chelsea Manning on Sunday confirmed via Twitter that she is a candidate for U.S. Senate.
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Ballistic missile alert was false alarm
Hawaii congresswoman shares update on 'America's News HQ.'
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'I Had No Idea.' Katie Couric Breaks Her Silence About Matt Lauer's Firing
Courie broke her silence on allegations against her former co-host
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Authorities trying methods other than DNA to identify remains found in the Heights
Forensic scientists may be able to use circumstantial evidence to officially identity remains found.
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President Trump faces renewed charges of racism after vulgar comments
President Trump's vulgar comments about Haiti and African countries come after four decades of charges of racism, first as a private citizen and as a candidate for president.
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Turkey vows imminent assault on Kurdish enclave in Syria
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president said Sunday the country will launch a military assault on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria "in the coming days" and urged the U.S. to support its efforts.
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Detroit auto show begins amid talk of NAFTA, tax cuts
The Detroit Auto Show shifted into full gear Sunday with international trade and tax cuts dominating the conversation, even as an optimistic industry raced to meet Americans' seemingly insatiable appetite for trucks and SUVs. In a keynote address US transportation secretary Elaine Chow touted the tax cuts, which reduced the US corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent, saying the move will attract more US investment. Industry insiders were taking a wait-and-see attitude toward talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has generated fears of huge tariffs on Mexican-made imports to the US.
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UN report finds Iran in violation of Yemen arms embargo
Iran has violated a UN arms embargo by failing to block supplies to Yemen's Huthi rebels of ballistic missiles that were fired at Saudi Arabia, a UN panel of experts says, bolstering US and Saudi claims of Tehran's military involvement in Yemen. The report seen by AFP on Friday does not identify the supplier but makes clear that missile debris inspected by the experts were of Iranian origin. "The panel has identified missile remnants, related military equipment and military unmanned aerial vehicles that are of Iranian origin and were introduced into Yemen after the imposition of the targeted arms embargo" in 2015, said the report to the Security Council.
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Ranking The Best New Shows On Netflix You Can Stream Right Now
For the weekend of Jan. 13, Streamline recommends “Black Mirror” in the top Netflix spot for the second time.
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Protect Yourself Against C. Diff Infections
Antibiotics treat infections, but surprisingly, they can cause them, too. In fact, a recent study has found that the number of virulent infections linked to the use of antibiotics has skyrocketed...
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The Truth About Using Apple Cider for Weight Loss
Here's the dirt on this centuries-old home remedy.
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A look at past false alarms that put the world on edge
Kurt the 'CyberGuy' discusses how these mistakes could be prevented.
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The Truth About How Many Calories You Need to Eat to Lose Weight
There's more to it than just "eat less, lose weight."
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6 Ways to Lose That Water Weight
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Iran rejects any change to nuclear deal
Iran on Saturday rejected any modification of its nuclear deal with world powers after US President Donald Trump demanded tough new measures to keep the agreement alive. Iran "will not accept any amendments in this agreement, be it now or in the future, and it will not allow any other issues to be linked to the JCPOA," the foreign ministry said in a statement, using the 2015 deal's technical name. Trump again waived nuclear-related sanctions on Friday -- as required every few months to stay in the agreement -- but demanded European partners work with the United States to "fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".
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Protect Yourself Against C. Diff Infections
Antibiotics treat infections, but surprisingly, they can cause them, too. In fact, a recent study has found that the number of virulent infections linked to the use of antibiotics has skyrocketed...
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Is This Science Hacker a Heroine or a Villain?
Alexandra Elbakyan is turning the multimillion dollar science publishing industry upside down.
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Trump's own words revive debate over whether he's racist
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 150 years after the abolition of slavery and more than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, President Donald Trump's incendiary comments about immigrants have ripped open a jarring debate in the United States and around the world: Is the American president racist?
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North Carolina's 'partisan gerrymander' could prompt supreme court action
Voters cast their ballots in Charlotte, North Carolina last fall. The ruling last week boosted Democrats’ hopes of taking the House of Representatives. The last time North Carolina Republicans redrew the state’s 13 congressional districts, they made absolutely no secret of their ambition to rig the system and lock in a 10-3 balance in their favour – regardless of whether they or the Democrats won a majority of the votes in future elections.
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Texas Man Charged With Capital Murder In Adopted Daughter's Death
A Texas man has been charged with capital murder in the death of his 3-year-old adoptive daughter, who was found to have died from “homicidal violence.”
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Is This Science Hacker a Heroine or a Villain?
Alexandra Elbakyan is turning the multimillion dollar science publishing industry upside down.
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US Senate the new target for Russian hackers
Russian-linked hacking group 'Fancy Bear' now said to be targeting lawmakers after U.S. sanctions were not lifted; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.
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Rand Paul Says Calling Trump 'A Racist' Hurts Immigration Talks
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says politicians and members of the media who call President Donald Trump “a racist” are imperiling a potential immigration deal between Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
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Bipartisan deal would create 12-year citizenship pathway
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan agreement among a handful of senators to prevent deportation of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants includes a pathway to citizenship that would take up to 12 years.
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Philippines' Mayon volcano alert raised as eruption feared
The Philippines raised the alert level for the country's most active volcano twice in 24 hours Sunday, meaning that a hazardous eruption is possible within days. A bright glow from Mayon volcano's summit crater indicated the start of lava flow, while steam and ash plumes were produced by three steam-driven eruptions, according to the country's volcanology institute. "This means that Mayon is exhibiting relatively high unrest and that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days," the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in a statement.
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Why Equifax needs to give up some details about how it got hacked
Equifax was hacked and lost the information of 143 million Americans, and they need to tell us how.
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Leaders say Trump presidency is at odds with MLK's legacy
ATLANTA (AP) — The first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday of Donald Trump's presidency is taking place amid a racial firestorm of Trump's own making.
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Car soars into second floor of Santa Ana building in bizarre crash; 2 hurt
Two people suffered minor injuries in a bizarre crash Sunday morning when a car went airborne and slammed into the second floor of a dental office in Santa Ana, officials said.
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Attorney general of California on push to protect DREAMers
Exclusive: Xavier Becerra talks immigration reform on 'Fox News Sunday.'
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Oprah Interviewed Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera and Other Stars About Time's Up
Winfrey spoke to them for CBS Sunday Morning
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Trump in 'excellent health,' White House doctor says after exam
The White House physician pronounced Donald Trump to be in "excellent health" after Trump had his first medical exam as U.S. president on Friday, capping off a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny. Trump spent about three hours with military doctors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, an exam that White House doctor Ronny Jackson said went "exceptionally well." "The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday," Jackson said in a brief statement distributed by the White House.
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Iraqi PM Abadi to seek re-election in May vote
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Sunday his candidacy for the May 12 parliamentary elections to choose a prime minister. Abadi, a Shi'ite Muslim who led the country in the four-year war against Islamic State, said he will seek to form a cross-sectarian block called ''the victory alliance'' to contest the parliamentary elections, with candidates from other communities. Abadi took over the premiership in 2014 from Nuri al-Maliki, a close ally of Iran widely criticized by Iraqi politicians for the army's collapse as Islamic State militants swept through a third of Iraq.
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Earthquake in Peru destroys dozens of homes, kills 1 man
A powerful earthquake struck off Peru's coast early Sunday, tumbling adobe homes in small, rural towns, killing at least one person and leaving dozens injured, officials said. The earthquake destroyed ...
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Exclusive: Chemists running low on flu jabs amid fears of epidemic
Chemists were running low on supplies of the flu vaccine yesterday amid growing fears of an epidemic if the virus continues to spread at its current rate. People across the country were being turned from high street pharmacies who said they had run out of stock. After reports of a shortage in Cumbria, the Daily Telegraph contacted branches of Boots across the Midlands, East of England, the South and South West, but all 10 branches had no jabs left. Last night Boots UK said the shops would today be resupplied. Meanwhile patients in at least six areas reported that their local pharmacists had run out of stock that and wholesalers were said to have increased prices as demand surged. In parts of south London, young children who have not yet been vaccinated were urged to visit fire stations where emergency clinics are being established today. Hospitalisations due to flu continue to increase into the New Year It came as a hospital in Calais offered to treat British patients denied NHS operations as a result of the winter crisis, despite a flu epidemic in France. The rush on flu vaccines came after official figures showed Britain is suffering the worst flu season for seven years, after a more virulent strain of the virus from Australia swept across Europe. All pensioners and children under the age of nine, as well as people with chronic health problems are offered free flu jabs on the NHS. However, most of the population have to pay around £13. Rami Ghanim, a pharmacist in Barrow, Cumbria, said patients were flocking because of fears of “Aussie flu” "I tried to order some more for some patients but they haven't come in. I've tried a number of different suppliers who don't look like they have many left," he said. NHS crisis analysis The Government has emergency stockpiles of the vaccine which can be formally requested by pharmacists. The Department of Health would not say whether it had opened access to its Strategic Reserve. Ministers are closely monitoring the spread of flu amid fears that the NHS will be thrown into crisis by another surge in cases. The death toll has now reached 85, with 27 deaths last week. Elderly people and children are being denied flu jabs as pharmacists across the country last night warned they had run out of the vaccine. Patients in at least six areas reported  trawling around multiple chemists in search of the jab amid fears Britain could be gripped by an epidemic by the end of the month. This year’s outbreak flu, fuelled by a virulent Australian strain, is driving more patients than usual to seek vaccination after Christmas. High street chemists said they had avoided overstocking the jab because they are only reimbursed by the NHS for vaccines that are used. At a glance | The flu jab Last night the Government refused to say if front-line providers had applied to use its strategic reserve of flu vaccines. It came as a hospital in Calais urged NHS patients who cannot get care in England to cross the channel for treatment. Tens of thousands of non-urgent operations and routine outpatient appointments have been cancelled by British hospitals in the last week in a desperate bid to ease pressures on wards. Even though flu in France has reached epidemic levels, Calais Hospital said it had enough spare capacity to carry out operations for Britihs patients. Labour last night seized on the offer as evidence that the Government had “lost control” of the crisis. Latest figures suggest Britain will be in the grip of a flu epidemic by the end of the month if the virus continues to spread at the current rate. Health service data shows flu rates are continuing to rise, with one in five hospital cases suffering from the most deadly strain, dubbled “Aussie flu” after it fuelled the country’s worst flu season for more than two decades. nhs comment - rob wilson The statistics show flu rates have doubled in the last fortnight, raising the spectre of an epidemic in the UK within a month if trends continue. The total death toll is now 85, with 27 deaths last week. The figures for England show rates of GP consultations about flu have risen from 18.9 per 100,000 people to 37.3 per 100,000 people in a fortnight.  If the trends continue, the country is on course to reach epidemic levels - of more than 109 cases per 100,000 people within a month. Such rates have not been seen in England since the winter of 2010. At least four million people in England are suffering from flu, with victims losing their life including an 18-year old girl and a world war II spitfire pilot Credit: PA A spokesman for Boots UK said: “We’ve seen a very high level of demand in the recent week from people looking to protect themselves and their families against flu this winter and has meant some Boots stores temporarily ran out of stock for a limited time. “We have quickly replenished our supply chain and Flu vaccinations will be available tomorrow from Boots Pharmacies across the country.” A Department for Health and Social Care spokesperson said: "Vaccines are the best protection we have against flu. As well as getting the jab from a pharmacy, patients can also book an appointment with their GP. “We are in close contact with the vaccine manufacturers and we are confident there is sufficient vaccine availability.”
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NASA’s new X-ray navigation could guide robots through deep space
NASA wants to use X-ray navigation to guide robotic ships through outer space. In a first, the agency demonstrated its breakthrough technology in November of last year, paving the way for autonomous spacecraft in deep space.
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Leader of Britain's UKIP faces calls to quit over girlfriend's remarks
The leader of Britain's eurosceptic UK Independence Party faced calls on Sunday to stand down after a newspaper published racist messages sent by his girlfriend about Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle. Last year, Henry Bolton was the fourth leader in a year to be appointed to the helm of UKIP, a party which helped bring about a Brexit vote. The Mail on Sunday published a series of messages sent by Jo Marney to a friend in which she made offensive comments about Markle and black people.
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The Latest: Vegas shooter's girlfriend said she handled ammo
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the release of documents related to the Las Vegas shooting (all times local):
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Harris: Trump comments simply Irresponsible
Senator Kamala Harris talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump's racist remarks about sources of U.S. immigration, and about the plight of DACA recipients to whom the United States made a promise that Trump intends to break.
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Egypt approves cabinet reshuffle ahead of elections
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's parliament approved on Sunday a cabinet reshuffle including four new ministers, government sources said, two months ahead of a scheduled presidential election. The reshuffle included the appointment of Abu Bakr al-Gendi as minister for local development, Rania al-Mashat as tourism minister, Enas Abdeldayem as culture minister and Khaled Badawy as public enterprise minister. Two new ministry deputies were also appointed in the reshuffle. ...
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Lunar lava tubes may provide access to vast polar ice reservoirs on the moon
New image analysis by researchers at SETI indicate that there may be subterranean lava tubes in the polar region of the moon leading to massive underground glaciers, which could provide fuel for a long-term lunar base.
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Morocco to begin gradual liberalisation of dirham
Morocco will start a gradual and controlled liberalisation of its currency the dirham from Monday, Prime Minister Saad-Eddine Al-Othmani said after a cabinet meeting. The North African country has had a fixed exchange rate regime for the dirham since the 1970s. The process of moving towards what the authorities call a "flexible exchange rate" had been expected to begin in July after a recommendation by the International Monetary Fund.
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Tunisian government announces social reforms after week of unrest
Tunisia's government on Saturday announced an increase in aid to the needy and improved health care as part of social reforms following a week of unrest triggered by austerity measures. Social Affairs Minister Mohamed Trabelsi told reporters that monthly aid to needy families would rise from 150 dinars (50 euros) to between 180 and 210 dinars (60 and 70 euros). The announcement came after President Beji Caid Essebsi consulted with political parties, unions and employers.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
King was a Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and civil rights leader who practiced peaceful, nonviolent civil disobedience to protest racial inequality. In 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.
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Harris: Mueller's authority must be preserved
Senator Kamala Harris talks with Rachel Maddow about the Trump Russia investigation and why she can't think about things like 2020 while the fate of DACA recipients hangs in the balance.
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'No Hope' Sailors Alive After Iranian Tanker Collision
The burning tanker sank off the coast of China
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Top U.S. diplomat for refugees to quit post: email
By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. diplomat in charge of refugee issues plans to quit his post within days, according to an email seen by Reuters, becoming the third senior U.S. official to leave or be re-assigned from refugee work in recent weeks. Simon Henshaw, the acting assistant secretary of the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration at the State Department, wrote in an email to colleagues in the refugee sector on Saturday that he will be leaving the job at end of next week. Henshaw, a career Foreign Service officer with three decades of experience at the State Department, did not give details of why he was leaving, except to say that the move came at his request.
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Obama says Fox News viewers are living on 'different planet'
Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich reacts on 'Hannity.'
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Photos of the week: 1/5 - 1/12
Areas of California left devastated by last month's historic wildfires were ravaged by deadly mudslides this week.
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Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Trump and Kim should talk after false alarm
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un should enter into negotiations before another mistake like the false ballistic missile warning leads to an accidental nuclear war.
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Macron wants French baguette to get UNESCO heritage status
President Emmanuel Macron on Friday joined calls by bakers for France's traditional baguette to be recognised as one of the world's cultural treasures on UNESCO's list of "intangible heritage". The call came after the art of Naples' dough-twirling pizza makers was given the nod by the UN cultural body's World Heritage Committee in December. "The baguette is envied around the world.
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At least 8 dead, dozens injured in Portugal building fire
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — At least eight people died and dozens were injured, some seriously, after a heater exploded and started a fire late Saturday at the packed premises of a local residents' association in the north of Portugal, officials said.
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Hong Kong police arrest South Korean suspected of murdering wife, son at Ritz-Carlton
Hong Kong police arrested a South Korean man on suspicion of murder on Sunday after his wife and seven-year-old son were found dead in a room at the five star Ritz-Carlton hotel. Ritz Carlton did not immediately respond to requests for comments by phone and by email, and the South Korean consulate could not be reached as it was outside office hours. The Ritz-Carlton is located on the top 15 floors of Hong Kong's tallest building, the International Commerce Centre, and overlooks the Victoria Harbour.
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Hawaiians demand answers after missile alert sparks 38 minutes of panic
It took just three minutes for officials on Hawaii to realise that the text alert warning residents of an incoming missile strike had been sent in error. There was no missile. Yet it took another 35 minutes for panicking families – holed up in garages, cowering under tables or frantically saying their goodbyes - to be sent a second message with the comforting news that annihilation was no longer imminent. A day later the island chain’s public officials say they have instituted a new system to reduce the risk of mistakes and to ensure errors can be more quickly corrected. But that still leaves a shaken population coming to terms with their 38 minutes of panic. “So this was the most terrifying few minutes of my LIFE!” Paul Wilson, a professor at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, wrote on on Twitter. “I just want to know why it took 38 minutes to announce it was a mistake?!?” The islands were just waking up on Saturday when they were bombarded with phone messages and warnings broadcast on TV and radio. “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” it read. Hawaii was already on edge. It recently began conducting tests of its emergency nuclear sirens, something not done since the end of the Cold War, and holding “Are You Ready” drills. The state is first in line if North Korea follows through with threats to use its growing nuclear arsenal on the United States. To make matters worse, a handful of sirens sounded on Saturday morning even though they were not part of the emergency network triggered by an employee of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (Hema) during a routine test at 8:07am. Drivers abandoned cars on the highway north of Honolulu to huddle in a tunnel. Tourists thronged hotel lobbies unsure what to do. And families raced to their garages, the closest thing to a shelter on islands where basements are few and far between, or tucked children into storm drains. I woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live. It was a false alarm, but a real psychic warning. If we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican congress to continue alienating the world we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination. ;^\ pic.twitter.com/Kwca91IIy2— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) January 13, 2018 Those away from loved ones later spoke of the agonising decisions they were forced to make. A Washington Post journalist published a message he received from a friend who had just dropped one child at the airport when he received the missile warning. “I chose to go home to the two little ones – I figured it was the largest grouping of my family knowing I likely wouldn’t make it home in time,” he said. Meanwhile officials were desperately trying to recall the message. At 8.13am Hema cancelled the warning, meaning it would not be rebroadcast to phones that had not yet received it. After another 10 minutes, officials posted on Twitter and Facebook that the alert was false, according to their timeline of events. Yet it took until 8.45am for Hema to send a new message to phones cancelling the original alert. It took 38 minutes for phone messages to be sent telling residents there was no threat Credit: Splash Vern Miyagi, the agency’s administrator, apologised and said officials had to wait for authorisation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency before issuing a retraction. He said an unnamed employee pushed a button sending the alert rather than the option for testing. When prompted by a safeguard asking whether they were sure they wanted to send it, the employee clicked the option for “yes”. “I can’t explain that. Like I said, it’s a human error that we’re going to fix,” said Mr Miyagi. David Ige, governor of Hawaii, promised a full investigation into what went wrong. “Today is a day most of us will never forget,” said David Ige, the state’s governor, during a news conference at Diamond Head Bunker, the emergency command post from where the mistaken alert was sent. · Hawaii's nuclear alert shows perils of instant communication Officials promised to build a “cancellation template” to make it easier to correct mistakes and instituted a new system to ensure two people must sign off on future alerts Scott Saiki, the speaker of Hawaii’s state legislature, said the system had failed miserably. “Clearly, government agencies are not prepared and lack the capacity to deal with emergency situations,” he said in a statement.
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Iran oil tanker explodes off coast of China with no survivors
A burning Iranian oil tanker exploded and sank Sunday after more than a week listing off the coast of China, as an Iranian official acknowledged there was “no hope” of missing sailors surviving the disaster. The collision and disaster of the Sanchi, which carried 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, had transfixed an Iran still reeling from days of protests and unrest that swept the country at the start of the year. Families of the sailors wept and screamed at the headquarters of the National Iranian Tanker Co. in Tehran, the private company that owns the Sanchi.
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Burning Iranian oil tanker sinks after January 6 accident: Chinese state TV
An Iranian oil tanker has sunk after burning for more than a week following a collision on Jan. 6 in the East China Sea, Chinese state media said on Sunday, adding that a large amount of oil was burning in the surrounding waters. The stricken tanker, called the Sanchi (IMO:9356608), which had been adrift and on fire following the accident with the freighter CF Crystal, had "suddenly ignited" around noon (0400 GMT), China Central Television (CCTV) said. China's State Oceanic Administration said that because the hull of the ship had detonated, a large amount of oil in surrounding waters was on fire, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
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Anti-jihadist coalition looks to future role after IS defeat
With the Islamic State group all but vanquished from its self-proclaimed "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition that has been fighting the jihadists for more than three years is transforming its mission. Eager to avoid a repeat of 2011, when America completed its troop withdrawal from Iraq only to watch in horror as IS later overran swathes of the country, the coalition is focusing on what it must do to stop a jihadi re-emergence. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recently told reporters the mission now is shifting towards stabilization and making sure an "ISIS 2.0" can't pop up, using an alternate acronym to refer to the jihadist group.
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Tunisia, shaken by protests, marks 7 years since revolution
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities announced plans to boost aid to the needy in a bid to placate protesters whose demonstrations over price hikes degenerated into days of unrest across the North African nation, which is marking seven years on Sunday since its long-time autocratic ruler was driven into exile.
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President Trump Says DACA Program is 'Probably Dead'
Trump tweeted that the "Democrats don't really want it"
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Don't Forget Travel Vaccines This Holiday Season
If you're planning to celebrate the holidays overseas—or even to sneak in a quick getaway before the festivities begin—you've probably got a lot to do beforehand.   You might be tempted to skip t...
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Bitcoin fever hits US real estate market
Bitcoin fever has hit the US real estate market, especially that of Florida, offering foreign investors a way to dodge currency controls at home and US economic sanctions. As of the end of last year, the digital currency was listed as a way to pay for some 75 properties for sale, especially in south Florida and California, according to the real estate firm Redfin. "Bitcoin accepted" is a message now seen in the description of homes for sale in the Miami area.
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Breaking down the false alarm Hawaii missile threat
Following a false alarm missile threat in Hawaii, MSNBC's Jacob Soboroff breaks down the U.S. Pacific Command's protocol and what it was like to receive the alert while in Hawaii.
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Iran oil tanker explodes, sinks off China with no survivors
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A burning Iranian oil tanker exploded and sank Sunday after more than a week listing off the coast of China, as an Iranian official acknowledged there was "no hope" of missing sailors surviving the disaster.
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$300k to settle sex discrimination claims against Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly $300,000 in taxpayer funds has been spent to settle 13 claims against members of Congress or their offices since 2003 that include sexual harassment or sex discrimination, according to statistics released by a House committee on Friday.
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Sixteen injured from a tourist boat explosion in southern Thailand
A tourist speedboat carrying 31 passengers exploded in front of Phi Phi Le island in the southern Thailand province of Krabi on Sunday, injuring 16, mostly tourists from China, the Phi Phi police told Reuters. The speedboat, named "King Poseidon", was ferrying 27 Chinese tourists from the nearby resort island of Phuket to Phi Phi before its engine caught fire and exploded injuring 14 tourists and two crew members, the police said, adding that the authority is still investigating the cause of the explosion. Out of the 16 injured, six are in a severe condition, Phi Phi hospital staff told Reuters, adding that seven people have been sent to hospitals in Phuket for further treatment and nine have been discharged.
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Don't Forget Travel Vaccines This Holiday Season
If you're planning to celebrate the holidays overseas—or even to sneak in a quick getaway before the festivities begin—you've probably got a lot to do beforehand.   You might be tempted to skip t...
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At least four dead in Indian chopper crash: navy
India's navy said four bodies had been recovered on Saturday after search teams located the wreckage of a helicopter that went missing earlier in the day. The aircraft, carrying five employees of India's state-run oil exploration arm ONGC and two pilots, lost contact with air traffic control 15 minutes after taking off from the western city at around 10:30 am (0500 GMT) Saturday. "Four bodies recovered till now," the Indian navy said on Twitter, adding that a search for the remaining three was underway.
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Two dead in Peru after 7.3-magnitude quake: official
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook southern Peru on Sunday, killing at least two people and injuring 65 others, the South American country's civil defense agency said. Local authorities said homes made of adobe collapsed in coastal areas most directly affected by the quake, which struck in the Pacific, 31 kilometers (19 miles) from the seaside town of Acari in the region of Arequipa, according to the US Geological Survey. "There are two fatalities in the region of Arequipa and so far 65 injured have been reported," General Jorge Chavez, head of the National Civil Defense Institute, said.
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Ryan Zinke Takes Credit For Obama-Era Fight To Protect Grand Canyon From Mining
WASHINGTON — Late last month, the Interior Department published a “comprehensive list of accomplishments” in its first year under Secretary Ryan Zinke’s leadership, including several actions it felt demonstrated “a conservation stewardship legacy, second only to Teddy Roosevelt.”
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Angola's Lourenco keeps pressure on Dos Santos cronies
The first major scalp claimed by Angola's new president Joao Lourenco in his war on corruption and nepotism was that of his predecessor's daughter, who was sacked as head of the state oil company. The next big name linked to former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos was that of his son, Jose Filomeno, who was removed from his post at the top of the African nation's $5 billion sovereign wealth fund. Lourenco's manoeuvering against the nepotistical vestiges of Angola's last president began in earnest in November with the toppling of Isabel dos Santos -- said by Forbes to be Africa's richest woman.
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Native Americans Who Can't Afford Heat Take Desperate Measures To Stay Warm
As temperatures dropped below zero on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation earlier this month, one young girl felt she had had enough.
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The Trump Administration Keeps Trying to Sell Federal Land for Oil Drilling. But Nobody Wants It
The Administration has taken steps to open millions of acres to oil drilling but analysts say it's unclear how much will be developed.
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FCC says government officials must work to prevent false alerts
(Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Sunday that it appeared Hawaii did not have adequate safeguards in place to prevent a false emergency alert and that government officials must work to prevent future incidents. The FCC “will focus on what steps need to be taken to prevent a similar incident from happening again," Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement after Saturday's errant ballistic missile warning to Hawaii residents.
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Here's Who Would Win Between the Navy’s Last Battleship and Russia's Battlecruiser
In 1988 the USS Iowa loses, limping away to fight another day. Kirov returns to her home port to rearm, but thanks to the carriers that were saved, there may not be a port to go home to. A Soviet Kirov-class battlecruiser, attempting to intercept a U.S. Navy carrier battle group, is intercepted by the battleship USS Iowa.
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Markets Right Now: Banks, retailers lead stock gains
The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):
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Despite merry holidays, retailers face challenges in 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are riding high after ebullient U.S. consumers shopped at the healthiest pace in more than a decade over the holiday season. But merchants can't afford to rest easy.
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Skullduggery, Episode 1: It was 20 years ago today. A look back at the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal
In the debut episode of Skullduggery — a Yahoo News podcast and video series focused on Washington scandals in the Trump era and their impact on today’s politics — co-hosts Daniel Klaidman and Michael Isikoff discuss the 20th anniversary of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, a story they famously covered for Newsweek. You can also watch a video version of the podcast by downloading the Newsroom app.
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At Least 1 Dead in Peru After 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake
The powerful earthquake struck off Peru's coast
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Iran Releases Hundreds of Anti-Government Protesters From Detention, Officials Say
At least 25 people have reportedly been killed during the recent unrest
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South Africa to target investment, graft under new ANC leader
By Ed Stoddard EAST LONDON, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa wants to attract foreign investors to help it kick-start economic growth and will crack down on corruption, the new leader of the ruling African National Congress said on Saturday. Cyril Ramaphosa, who narrowly won the race to succeed President Jacob Zuma as ANC leader last month, also used a speech to mark 106 years since the founding of Africa's oldest liberation movement to call for party unity after a bitter leadership contest. South Africa's economy has slowed to a near-standstill over Zuma's two presidential terms, as allegations of influence-peddling in government and mismanagement of state-owned enterprises have dented consumer and business confidence.
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Kentucky is cleared to impose Medicaid work requirements
Governor Matt Bevin explains the decision on 'Your World.'
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Fear and doubt should not determine response to immigrants, Pope says
Mutual fears between immigrants and their new communities are understandable, but must not prevent new arrivals from being welcomed and integrated, Pope Francis said on Sunday in a special Mass to mark the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Francis, a keen defender of the rights of migrants, was addressing a congregation including migrants and refugees from some 50 countries, whose flags festooned the area around the altar in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. "Local communities are sometimes afraid that the newly arrived will disturb the established order, will "steal" something they have long laboured to build up," he said, while "the newly arrived ... are afraid of confrontation, judgement, discrimination, failure." "Having doubts and fears is not a sin.
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Caribbean bloc condemns Trump's 'repulsive' language
The 15-nation Caribbean Community on Saturday condemned US President Donald Trump's use of "repulsive language" to reportedly describe Haiti and African nations. CARICOM "is deeply disturbed by reports about the use of derogatory and repulsive language by the President of the United States in respect of our member state, Haiti, and other developing countries," the bloc's Guyana-based headquarters said in a statement.
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Ford issues recall on some Ranger trucks
Ford has issued an urgent new recall on some of its most popular trucks.
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Chicago Police Officers Might Get 'Textalyzers'
Chicago police officers might soon have the technology to tell if drivers were using their smartphone before an accident.
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Embattled French dairy chief breaks silence over salmonella scare
The chief executive of France's Lactalis group on Sunday vowed compensation for victims of salmonella-tainted baby milk, as he revealed that recalls were now under way in 83 countries. Emmanuel Besnier, giving his first interview in nearly 20 years as head of the family-controlled company, told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that the recall involved more than 12 million packages of Picot, Milumel, Celia and other brands of powdered baby milk. A total of 37 babies have fallen ill in France as a result of the contamination, health authorities said late Friday, along with a case in Spain and a suspected case in Greece, but Besnier said no new cases had been reported since December 8, a week after the recall was announced.
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Two bodies found on burning Iranian oil tanker
Two bodies are found on board the Iranian oil tanker burning in the East China Sea, Chinese state media says, a week after it collided with another ship. Samantha Vadas reports.
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Saudi Binladin Group denies govt takeover after chief detained
Saudi construction giant Binladin Group denied Saturday any state takeover after its chairman was detained, but said some shares may have been transferred to the government. The firm, which has been forced to lay off tens of thousands of workers due to financial problems, said it remained a private shareholding company and was undergoing restructuring. International media this week reported Saudi Arabia's government had taken over the firm after chairman Bakr bin Laden was detained.
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As Trump clamps down, migrant workers have much to lose
Two decades ago, Fatima Nolasco walked over the border into the United States in search of a better life, going on to build a successful business, and a new home. Now, after Donald Trump decided to end a program that has allowed her to work legally in the country, along with 200,000 fellow immigrants from El Salvador, she fears she is about to lose it all. Unless Congress can find a long-term solution to replace the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program granted to Salvadorans in 2001 after two earthquakes devastated their country -- Nolasco will lose her legal immigration rights in September 2019.
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Trump: No trip to London since embassy site is a 'bad deal'
LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump has canceled a trip to London to open the new $1 billion U.S. Embassy in the British capital, a move that avoided protests promised by political opponents.
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China's imports from North Korea plummet in December, lowest for four years
By Yawen Chen and Ryan Woo BEIJING (Reuters) - China's imports from North Korea plunged in December to their lowest level in dollar terms since at least the start of 2014, with trade curbed by U.N. sanctions aimed at persuading Pyongyang to abandon its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. Imports from North Korea slumped 81.6 percent year-on-year to $54.34 million, Chinese customs spokesman Huang Songping said in a briefing in Beijing on Friday. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed signs that China, North Korea's main economic partner, was "sharply reducing" trade with its neighbor.
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On earthquake anniversary, Haitians trying to rebuild
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Eight years ago, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake upended life in Haiti, killing more than 300,000 people by some estimates and destroying hundreds of thousands of homes. For many of those left homeless, life hasn't yet returned to normal.
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Milos Zeman: outspoken pro-Russian, anti-migrant Czech president
Czech President Milos Zeman, who is seeking a second five-year term in a run-off vote later this month, has sown division with his strong anti-migrant and pro-Russian views, despite vowing to be "the voice of all citizens" when first elected. The burly silver-haired 73-year-old cut down on his smoking and drinking after he became the Czech Republic's first directly elected president in 2013, but he has stuck to his outspoken ways. A year after taking up the top job, the veteran leftwinger made clear his foreign policy preferences by visiting China and attending a forum on a Greek island that was organised by a Vladimir Putin ally who is a persona non grata in the United States.
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Israel says destroyed Gaza attack tunnel under Israel, Egypt borders
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli military said on Sunday it had destroyed a cross-border attack tunnel that ran from Gaza into Israel and Egypt, dug by the Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Palestinian enclave. Residents in Gaza said Israeli jets bombed an area east of the southern town of Rafah, by the Egyptian and Israeli borders, late on Saturday night. Israel confirmed the attack immediately after, but gave no details until Sunday.
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‘Cosmos’ will return to television in 2019, countering alternative facts with science
Like hope, “Cosmos” springs eternal. That’s the message Ann Druyan is delivering with the news that “Cosmos,” the science-minded TV show pioneered by her late husband, world-renowned physicist Carl Sagan, is returning to Fox and National Geographic in the spring of 2019. “I would love for this show to be a kind of initiation experience for as many people around the world as possible, into the awesome power of science as a way to keep us from lying to each other, and lying to ourselves,” she told reporters today during a teleconference. “We are primates, and we lie,” said Druyan,… Read More
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Philippines arrests Chinese, Taiwanese nationals in telecoms fraud
Dozens of Chinese and Taiwanese nationals have been arrested in the Philippines on suspicion of extortion of money from people in China via a telecoms scam, police said on Saturday. Philippine police apprehended the suspects involved in voice phishing operations in two separate raids, one in San Vicente town in the northern province of Ilocos Sur and another in Las Pinas in the Philippine capital Manila. Philippine TV station ABS-CBN reported that as many as 153 people were arrested, but Reuters could not immediately confirm this number.
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Tavelers shatter tourism records around the world in 2017
The numbers are trickling in from tourism offices and it seems that 2017 was a banner year for many parts of the world. 
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Do not fear the other, pope says on World Migrant Day
Pope Francis called Sunday for hospitality towards migrants, calling it a "sin" to give in to fear of the other as he marked the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. "It is not easy... to put oneself in the shoes of people so different from us," the pontiff said during a solemn mass at St Peter's Basilica. "Local communities are sometimes afraid that the newly arrived will disturb the established order, will 'steal' something they have long laboured to build up," Francis said.
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Sean Penn: Donald Trump Is An Enemy Of Compassion And Of The State
Movie star Sean Penn has taken aim at President Donald Trump for reportedly calling Haiti a “shithole” country.
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Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis on race relations and Trump's immigration comment
Rep. John Lewis, who marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., joins "This Week" on MLK Day weekend.
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Georgia senator now says Trump ‘did not use that word’
Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said that President Trump never used crass language referring to Haiti and various nations in Africa during a closed-door meeting with lawmakers earlier this week.
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Iran removes block on Telegram
Iran has lifted restrictions imposed during recent protests on the country's most popular social media app Telegram. "The information concerning the end of filtering on Telegram is correct," a spokesman for the telecoms ministry told AFP. Telegram, which counts some 25 million users in Iran, was blocked on mobile phones during the five days of unrest that hit dozens of cities over the new year.
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China Appears to Have Secretly Sold Pakistan a Large Combat Drone, Says Report
China appears to have secretly sold Pakistan a large combat drone, according to new satellite images. Citing satellite images from November 2017, the Center reported on January 5th that there was a medium-altitude long-endurance drone spotted at the Alam Air Base in Mianwali, Pakistan.
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Transgender U.S. military recruits enlist amid uncertainty
Transgender Americans are openly enlisting in the U.S. military for the first time, saying they feel confident that court rulings blocking Republican President Donald Trump's ban on their service will stand. Military officials do not know how many transgender people have begun to enlist since Jan. 1, when the Defense Department began accepting openly transgender recruits. Aspiring transgender military service members in several U.S. states told Reuters they were pushing ahead with enlistments despite lingering uncertainty about whether they would be welcome in the future.
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#Metoo reaches China: As claims are made against two professors, Beijing struggles to keep a lid on movement
A new chapter in #MeToo appears to be emerging in China after a university professor was sacked and another is facing an investigation over sexual misconduct allegations. The #MeToo campaign spread rapidly in the West in October after multiple accusations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Allegations have been made against men in China – particularly within academia - but the movement has struggled to gain momentum in a country where the media and Internet are controlled by a stability-obsessed, male dominated Communist Party. However, on Thursday a Beijing university said it had sacked one of its top scholars after he was accused of sexual misconduct by a group of women. Beihang University said on its official microblog that an investigation found that Chen Xiaowu‘s behavior had violated professional ethics and created an “odious influence on society.” The university said: “Morality and ability, and actions and talent are as one. This is the demand of Beihang‘s values and the school has zero tolerance for violations of professorial ethics,”  A placard with the hashtag "MeToo" is seen on a European Parliament member's desk during a debate Credit: Reuters Beihang also pledged to upgrade mechanisms to identify such cases. The initial allegation against Chen came from one of his former doctoral students, Luo Qianqian, who posted on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, that the professor had tried to pressure her into sex 12 years ago. Ms Luo, who lives in the US, tagged the post #WoYeShi, the Chinese translation of #MeToo, and said in her online comments that the campaign had inspired her to act. Several other alleged victims came forward with accounts of Chen’s behaviour. Ms Luo wrote on her Weibo after Chen’s dismissal: “Women who have awoken to themselves are even more powerful! "Kindness and bravery are our most beautiful expressions.” Chen’s case was covered widely in Chinese media, possibly because the allegations originated overseas. And then on Friday, another Beijing professor was at the centre of sexual misconduct claims. Xue Yuan, a professor from the University of International Business and Economics, was accused of sexual harassment in an online posting by an anonymous college student. The student also sent emails to China’s graft body, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Commerce, the China Daily said. A vendor sells #MeToo badges a protest march for survivors of sexual assault and their supporters in Hollywood, Los Angeles Credit: Reuters The university said that it had immediately formed an “investigative team”. It said: “The working team has exchanged emails with the Internet user (who made the allegations), inviting her to supply authentic, correct and original evidence under the condition of protecting her privacy and personal safety." Meanwhile, Xue Yuan, who is carrying out a short term academic project overseas was called back for further investigation. The two cases are being widely discussed on Chinese social media, raising hopes among many that more women might speak out. However, Leta Hong Fincher, an expert on feminism in China, said the authorities will act before the movement becomes too powerful.   “So far, students at around 60 universities in China have joined in the #MeToo campaign, many of them using their real names,” said Hong Fincher, author of Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China. “Women are posting the letters on social media, but censors delete them very quickly. There's no question that the Communist Party is frightened by the prospect of a viral #MeToo movement galvanising Chinese university students." The men have not yet responded to the allegations.  Additional reporting by Christine Wei
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Dry weather to aid cleanup efforts along Peru's coast after earthquake leaves 1 dead
One person is dead and more than 20 others injured after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred off the central coast of Peru early Sunday morning.
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Plane skids off Turkish runway on Black Sea coast, passengers unhurt
A Pegasus Airlines flight skidded off the runway of a Turkish coastal airport and ended up halfway down a steep slope into the Black Sea, but no passengers or crew were hurt, Turkish media reported on Sunday. Pegasus Airlines said in a statement that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft, flying from Ankara to Trabzon, "had a runway excursion incident" as it landed but the 162 passengers, two pilots and four cabin crew were unhurt.
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Tucker Carlson, Ann Coulter Force Trump Back Right on Immigration
For those hoping that President Donald Trump was marching toward a more conventional presidency, Wednesday provided the best day of news in months. Not only had former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon been excised by the president himself from the official Trump movement, but he’d also been defrocked from Breitbart News, an organization he’d overseen since before Trump’s rise to the fulcrum of American politics.
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Passenger plane skids off runway and gets stuck on cliff edge in Turkey  
A passenger plane skidded off a runway and was left stuck precariously on the side of a cliff in northeast Turkey last night. All 162 passengers and crew on board the Pegasus Airlines' Boeing 737-800 miraculously escaped, with no serious injuries reported, following the incident at Trabzon Airport, on Turkey’s Black Sea coast. Authorities are yet to establish what led to the budget airline plane veering off of the runway shortly after landing, with unverified reports suggesting the incident may have been caused by a bird strike. Photographs from the scene showed the plane, which departed from the Turkish capital of Ankara on Saturday evening, stuck on a partly frozen muddy slope with the nose of the aircraft just metres from the sea below. Data from flight tracking website RadarBox suggests the aircraft struggled to reduce its speed upon landing, reporting the plane was travelling at a speed of 110 knots (204km/h) on the final third of the runway. A passenger plane skidded off the runway at Trabzon Airport in Turkey  Credit: AFP Panicked passengers were evacuated from the aircraft early on Sunday after emergency service crews arrived at the scene. One unnamed passenger told Turkish media they waited inside the plane “for at least 20 minutes” waiting for help to arrive. “There was a smell of fuel inside so we all thought the plane [would] explode, but thankfully it did not happen,” they said. Trabzon Gov. Yucel Yavuz said all 162 passengers and crew on board were evacuated and safe early Sunday Credit: DHA-Depo Photos via AP Another passenger, Fatma Gördü, said there was anguish amongst passengers on board after the plane landed in rainy conditions, adding the aircraft started “shaking” on the runway. “We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic. People shouting, screaming,” she told state-run news agency Anadolu. Emergency service crews at the scene  Credit: Anadolu Agency/Getty Another passenger, Yüksel Gördü, said it was “a miracle” that they survived the ordeal. “The plane could have caught fire or fell into the sea. I thank God it didn’t. I feel like going crazy whenever I think about these moments,” he said. The Pegasus plane is seen stuck in mud  Credit: Anadolu Agency / Getty Footage posted on social media showed at least one of the aircraft’s windows had been smashed and another clip appeared to show one of the plane’s engines in the water. Trabzon governor Yucel Yavuz said the cause of the accident, which resulted in the airport being closed for several hours, is not yet known. “We’ve taken all necessary measures,” he told Turkish media. “We will reopen the airport to airport traffic as soon as possible.” Trucks try to pull back the stuck aircraft at Trabzon Airport Credit: Anadolu Agency/Getty Pegasus Airlines said in a statement they were “sorry to report” that Flight PC 8622 “had a runway excursion incident during landing”. “All 162 passengers, 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew have been disembarked safely from the aircraft. There has been no loss of life or injury to anyone on board,” the statement said. Turkish Airlines said two inbound flights to Trabzon and a scheduled flight from the city to Istanbul were cancelled as a result of the incident. All services have now resumed as normal.
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Trump denies saying he probably had good relationship with Kim
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday disputed a newspaper's account of an interview with him last week in which he was quoted as saying he probably has a very good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump said in tweets that in the Wall Street Journal interview on Thursday, he said "I'd probably" have a good relationship with Kim, using a conditional tense. The White House released a portion of the audio from the interview that it said showed Trump said "I'd." The Wall Street Journal released its own audio that it said backed up its version of the events.
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Israel destroys tunnel from Gaza it says intended for attacks
Israel said Sunday it used a combination of air strikes and other means to destroy a tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into the country and continuing into Egypt. Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus said the tunnel belonged to Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, and was intended for attacks as opposed to smuggling. It ran underneath the main goods crossing between Israel and the blockaded Gaza Strip -- known as Kerem Shalom -- as well as gas and fuel pipelines, he said.
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Sen. Jeff Flake on Trump's Oval Office comments, attacks on the press
Sen. Jeff Flake, one of President Trump's fiercest Republican critics, is interviewed on "This Week."
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The best alternatives to Apple's new iPhone
Apple's iPhone 8 is nearly upon us, but not everyone is psyched. Here are the best alternatives for Apple's upcoming iPhone.
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#4 of 10 Most Popular News Galleries of 2017: Hurricane Harvey lashes Texas
One week after Harvey slammed into southeast Texas as a Category Four hurricane, rescuers were still searching by air and by boat for people trapped in flooded homes.
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Strangers at home, Salvadoran deportees welcomed at call centers
Alexander Ramos was deported to El Salvador from the United States seven years ago, forced to leave jobs as a gardener and at McDonald's after getting caught driving without a license. Back in his native San Salvador, the 31-year-old brushed up on his English and landed a job at one of the nation's 70 call centers. The decision has alarmed Salvadoran immigrants, many of whom have lived for years in the United States and fear returning to a homeland that frequently features among the world's most violent nations.
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Astronomers just spotted bizarre holes on the Moon that might reveal hidden tunnels
The Moon is our closest neighbor and we've learned a lot about it over the past century or so. We've studied it, mapped it, and even visited it on more than one occasion, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have a few surprises in store for us. A new research effort has uncovered one of those mysteries in the form of large holes in the lunar surface near the Moon's north pole, and scientists believe they might hint at a huge subsurface tunnel network. The bizarre holes were spotted by researchers working with the SETI Institute and Mars Institute, both of which used imagery from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to identify the gaps in the Moon's dusty surface. Before you go dreaming of little green men living in the Moon's underground you should know that scientists obviously don't think the tunnels were created by aliens at all. The tunnels are thought to be the remains of ancient lava tubes where liquid rock once flowed beneath the Moon's surface. Over time, the magma flow ceased and large hollow tubes are all that remains. The holes the scientists spotted are thought to be "skylights" where the shell of the lava tube has collapsed and created a path to the surface. It's unclear at this point how large the tunnels actually are, or how far they stretch, but NASA is already considering other known tube locations for their potential usefulness in future manned missions to the Moon. "The highest resolution images available for Philolaus Crater do not allow the pits to be identified as lava tube skylights with 100 percent certainty, but we are looking at good candidates considering simultaneously their size, shape, lighting conditions and geologic setting" Pascal Lee, a scientists with SETI and the Mars Institute who is investigating the new features, explains. In the not-so-distant future, astronauts may be able to use lunar lava tubes as makeshift shelters to protect themselves and their equipment from space radiation. Building structures on the surface of the Moon is what everyone thinks of when they imagine a Moon colony, but heading underground in pre-existing tunnel systems might actually be a better idea .
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Philippines raises volcano alert level as eruptions spew ash
The Philippines raised the alert at its restive Mayon volcano by one notch early on Sunday, citing signs of rising magma that could lead to hazardous eruptions. Residents were evacuated from two villages near the volcano, a tourist attraction in Albay province because of its near-perfect cone shape, following a "phreatic or steam-driven eruption" on Saturday, and there was a further eruption on Sunday. Saturday's eruption unleashed ash, rocks and sulfuric odor, and was followed by rumbling sounds and a faint glow in the crater, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
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Greece set to allow medical cannabis use
Greece's parliament is expected to approve the medical use of cannabis in the coming weeks, a deputy minister said Sunday, adding that the change would attract investment to the country. "In a few weeks' time, an amendment will be brought to parliament to define the legislative framework for the cultivation and manufacturing of pharmaceutical products based on medical cannabis, which will open the way for Greek and foreign investments," deputy agricultural development minister Yannis Tsironis told AFP. Tsironis said the legalisation of medical cannabis could attract investments of 1.5 to 2 billion euros ( $1.8 t0 2.4 billion), with Greek, Israeli and Canadian companies already expressing interest.
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Plane dangles off cliff after skidding off runway in Turkey
ISTANBUL (AP) — A commercial plane that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey dangled precariously off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the sea.
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South Africa protests to U.S. embassy over Trump "shithole" remark
(Note: Language that may offend some readers) JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has protested to the U.S. embassy in Pretoria about reported remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump that some immigrants from Africa and Haiti come from "shithole" countries. South Africa's foreign ministry called the remarks, which sources said Trump made earlier this week during a meeting on immigration legislation, "crude and offensive" and said Trump's subsequent denial was not categorical. "Relations between South Africa and the United States, and between the rest of Africa and the United States, must be based on mutual respect and understanding," the foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
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Citing Court Order, Trump Administration Resumes Accepting DACA Renewal Applications
Days after a federal judge in California temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s efforts to pull the plug on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the federal government said on Saturday that it would ― “until further notice” ― resume accepting renewal applications for the program.
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U.S. resumes DACA applications after judge blocks end to program
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said on its website that people who previously received a grant of protection under the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may apply for a renewal under the terms in place before it was rescinded in September. The announcement comes after a U.S. judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a decision by President Donald Trump to end DACA later this year. Former President Barack Obama enacted DACA to keep the undocumented immigrants, known as dreamers, from being deported.
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In Terrifying Close Call, Plane Skids Off Turkish Runway And Nearly Plunges Into Black Sea
Terrifying images captured Saturday night at Trabzon airport on Turkey’s northeast coast showed a passenger plane teetering precariously on a steep slope, its nose pointing toward the waters of the Black Sea below, after the jet skidded off the runway as it was attempting to land.
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Trump language on Africa unacceptable, racist: Ghana
Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo on Saturday said Donald Trump's reported description of African nations as "shithole countries" was unacceptable, while his predecessor branded the US head of state a racist. Ghana is widely seen as a stable, peaceful country in an often turbulent region, and has close ties to the United States. In 2009 Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, chose Ghana's capital Accra to set out his foreign policy goals for Africa in a speech in which he said he saw Africa "as a fundamental part of our interconnected world".
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Hawaii missile alert: How events unfolded after citizens warned of imminent strike
Panic spread through the islands as terrified residents rushed to find shelter from a ballistic missile, which never was, allegedly heading towards the archipelago. At 8.07am local time on Saturday morning, Hawaiian residents received an all-caps message on their mobile phones, which read: "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii.
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Trump branded racist over 'shithole' slur
Racism allegations stacked up against Donald Trump at home and abroad on Saturday, after he apparently derided "shithole countries" during a meeting on immigration reform, prompting condemnation around the world. Ghana's president called the purported comments unacceptable while Namibia, whose name Trump had difficulty pronouncing last year, said the remarks had "no place in diplomatic discourse". The New York Times and the New Yorker magazine both directly called Trump a racist, setting out comments and behaviour that they said showed the billionaire property developer-turned-politician had an openly "bigoted worldview".
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10 High-Waist Leggings That Will Stay Up During Your Next Workout
We can all agree there’s nothing more annoying than constantly interrupting your workout to pull up your pants.
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When Disaster Strikes: What to Put in Your Medication Go-Bag
A well-stocked medication go-bag can soothe a cut or burn—or save your life during a hurricane, flood, fire, or other emergency.   But it’s important not to wait until you’re faced with the need ...
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Trump says program protecting young immigrants 'probably dead'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that a program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents would probably be discontinued. Trump has previously said he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. A U.S. court last Tuesday ruled that DACA should remain in effect until legal challenges brought in multiple courts are resolved. "DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our military," Trump wrote on Twitter. ...
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When Disaster Strikes: What to Put in Your Medication Go-Bag
A well-stocked medication go-bag can soothe a cut or burn—or save your life during a hurricane, flood, fire, or other emergency.   But it’s important not to wait until you’re faced with the need ...
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Body of Missing Colorado Woman Found in State Park
A Colorado woman who had been missing for more than a month was found dead at Lory State Park this week, according to the Fort Collins Police Department.
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Face Yoga Can Actually Make You Look Younger, New Study Shows
Anti-aging products are a dime a dozen in the beauty world.
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Government shutdown: Will it affect you?
A possible government shutdown is looming. What does that mean and how would it affect you?
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Flu is Widespread in 49 states
The flu is just about everywhere in the United States, widespread in every state but Hawaii, and it’s taking a drastic toll on children. NBC News’ Gabe Gutierrez reports.
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A Man Is Holding a 10-Year-Old Boy Hostage and Firing at Officers, Police Say
Authorities outside Cincinnati say a man is holding a 10-year-old boy hostage at an apartment complex and has been shooting at officers
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NASA Finds Lava Tubes Near Moon's North Pole That May be Passageways to Hidden Water
Small holes in a large crater near the North Pole of the moon may offer sky-lit entrances to an underground network of lava tubes, according to a new discovery. The holes could offer passageways into the moon's interior, where scientists believe we could find ice.
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Man convicted of 3 killing civil rights workers dies in jail
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Edgar Ray Killen, a 1960s Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted decades later in the "Mississippi Burning" slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state's corrections department announced.
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How To Stay Updated On The News Without Losing Your Mind
Who’s ready to chuck their phone into the sea and never read another media alert again?
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Hawaii missile alert: Federal Communications Commission launches full investigation
A full investigation into a false emergency alert which warned a ballistic missile was heading for Hawaii, according to the chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Residents received alerts to their phones at about 8.07am local time on Saturday saying "Ballistic missile threat inbound. Hawaiian Governor David Ige later told reporters an employee of Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency mistakenly "pressed the wrong button" during a shift change.
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How Bannon turned on Trump … and where the nationalist right goes next
The ex-White House strategist who turned his fire and fury on the president is now out at Breitbart too. Steve Bannon listens as Donald Trump speaks to the press in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Steve Bannon, known for his shabby dress code, entered the five-star Hay-Adams hotel, a short walk from the White House, and delivered a speech to what one observer later dismissively called “swamp denizens”.
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Iran rejects Donald Trump's 'desperate attempt' to undermine nuclear deal
Iran has rejected Donald Trump’s calls for changes to its 2015 nuclear deal, after the US President said America would leave the agreement unless its “disastrous flaws” were addressed. The Iranian foreign ministry has said it would not accept “any changes, now or in the future”. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif added that the demands were a “desperate attempt” to undermine the deal.
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Could this Arctic front bring mix of ice, snow and freezing rain?
Another Arctic front is headed toward Texas, mixing with moisture to produce rain, freezing rain sleet and snow
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New A&E Show ‘Fit to Fat to Fit’ Makes Trainers Gain Weight — But What Does it Prove?
Adonis Hill, a trainer on the upcoming show “Fit to Fat to Fit,” went from weighing 217 pounds to 286 pounds by consuming 8,000 calories a day.
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9 amazing uses for graphene, from filtering seawater to smart paint
Graphene is one of the strongest materials in the known universe, with astonishing flexibility, as well as a host of surprising skills and applications. Here are some of the most amazing.
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Tunisia considers aid for poor as president hosts emergency talks on anti-austerity protests
The Tunisian government may increase aid for poor families in a bid to defuse tensions following anti-austerity protests that saw hundreds arrested and left at least one man dead.    Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia''s president,  hosted emergency talks with trade unions, employers associations, and political parties on Saturday.  "We discussed the general situation in the country and the reforms, especially socio-economic, that must be adopted to overcome the current problems," Wided Bouchamaoui, the head of the UTICA employers association, told reporters after the meeting.  Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi (C) attends a meeting with political parties, unions and employers following unrest triggered by austerity measures Credit: FETHI BELAID/AFP Noureddine Taboubi, the secretary general of UGTT, the country's main trade union, said no specific moves had been agreed but that measures "must be adopted" to aid needy families and improve the social safety net. A Tunisian government source told Reuters that a package of measures would include extra aid to poor families and people in need, but did not give further detail.  Peaceful protests broke out across Tunisia after the government adopted a new budget that raised taxes and pushed up the cost of living on January 1. Demonstrations escalated on Monday night as youths burned tires to block streets and clashed with security forces.  The unrest largely tailed off after the military was deployed on the streets of several cities on Thursday, but tensions remain high. Police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators at a small protest in the central city of Sidi Bouzid overnight on Friday. Khlifa Chibani, a spokesman for the Interior ministry, said on Saturday a total of 803 people suspected of taking part in acts of violence, theft and looting have been arrested since last Sunday.  Police intervene during a protest in Tunis on January 12, 2018 Credit: Anadolu He said 97 policemen and members of the security forces had been injured over the week. It is unclear how many protesters have been injured. A man in his 40s died in disputed circumstances during unrest in the northern town of Tebourba on on Monday night. The unrest comes ahead of Sunday's seventh anniversary of the revolution that toppled the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, an event that sparked similar uprisings in Egypt, Libya, and Syria. While the other revolutions have descended into violence or given way to authoritarianism, Tunisia is widely seen as a success story of the Arab Spring.  Its democracy remains for the most part intact and a secular party currently leads the government in coalition with a moderate Islamist group.  But frustration has grown among many Tunisians over economic stagnation and unemployment.  Tunisia agreed to take decisive economic measures to bring down the country’s deficit. in return for a $2.9 billion loan (£2.2 billion) from the International Monetary Fund.
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Protesters Try To Arrest London's Mayor For Disrespecting Donald Trump
A group of right-wing protesters wheeled a home-made gallows outside a hall where London’s Muslim mayor was about to speak and tried to arrest him for disrespecting Donald Trump, The Washington Post reported.
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