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  • Ralph Northam Draws Progressive Ire Over Medicaid Comments news

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

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:40:45 -0500
  • Mystery swirls around powerful North Korea official as Hwang Pyong-so remains missing news

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

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:55:35 -0500
  • More Than 300 Passengers Get Nasty Stomach Bug On Royal Caribbean Cruise news

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

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 03:44:14 -0500
  • Manchin: 'Not going to waste my time' talking impeachment news

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) tells Chuck Todd that he doesn't believe there's a reason to talk about impeachment until and unless the House of Representatives begins the process.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 02:09:38 -0500
  • Sandy Hook Mom Slams Trump For Partying With NRA Head On Massacre Anniversary news

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

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:33:50 -0500
  • Lebanon arrests Uber driver suspected in Briton's murder news

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese authorities on Monday arrested a local Uber driver suspected of killing a British woman who worked for the U.K. Embassy in Beirut and whose body was found beside a motorway east of the city with a rope around her neck.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:12:20 -0500
  • Full Kasich: Republicans can't be 'small, angry and narrow' news

    Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) appeared on Meet the Press to talk about the effect of the Trump presidency on the Republican party.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:25:20 -0500
  • Wildfire Still Raging In Southern California Is Third Largest In State History news

    The Thomas Fire has become the third largest wildfire in modern California history since it began raging two weeks ago.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:25:56 -0500
  • McCain treated for viral infection, returns home to Arizona news

    Republican Sen. John McCain has returned home to Arizona after being hospitalized for a viral infection while battling brain cancer and will miss a crucial Senate vote on the GOP tax package, his office said Sunday.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:26:32 -0500
  • Amid Sexual Harassment Probe, Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen Won't Seek Re-Election news

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

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:18:17 -0500
  • Cake for 'joyful' pope on his 81st birthday

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

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:35:11 -0500
  • Power Outage at Atlanta International Airport Grounds Flights, Strands Passengers news

    The outage occurred in the early afternoon

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:48:36 -0500
  • Agrihoods: The newest trend in millennial living news

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

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:07:21 -0500
  • Puerto Rico To Review Hurricane Death Toll After Undercounting Concerns news

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

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:48:47 -0500
  • Donald Trump Jr., Ted Cruz appear to mock Obama with cookie news

    Donald Trump Jr. turns 40 in two weeks, and is celebrating with a cookie featuring an image meant to be former president Barack Obama.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:13:06 -0500
  • Chicago teen earning gift money killed delivering newspapers

    CHICAGO (AP) — The fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy slain while delivering newspapers with his stepfather to earn money to buy presents may have been the result of mistaken identity and rooted in an ongoing gang war that didn't involve him, Chicago police said Monday during a news conference in a city where gun violence this year has left nearly 600 people dead.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:37:17 -0500
  • The Case For Rethinking Breastfeeding Goals news

    Before she had her first baby two years ago, Stephanie, 36, was hellbent on following the breastfeeding guidelines prescribed by major public health organizations to the letter: Her son would get nothing but breast milk for the first six months and she would continue to breastfeed him for at least a year.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:37:26 -0500
  • US admits to running secret UFO programme news

    The Pentagon ran a secretive five year program to investigate UFO sightings, spending $22 million before it was shut down due to cost, it has been revealed. For the first time, the Department of Defense has acknowledged the existence of the mysterious Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program run from an office in a quiet corner of its sprawling headquarters. There, between 2007 and 2012, a team of researchers working with experts in Nevada probed reports of alien life form and strange sightings over the US skies - a real life versions of the hit TV show The X Files. The enterprise was the passion project of Harry Reid, the retired Senate Majority leader. “I’m not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going,” Mr. Reid said in an interview with the New York Times who first reported the story. “I think it’s one of the good things I did in my congressional service. I’ve done something that no one has done before.” Stock image of a UFO However, although some of the unit's work remains classified, it is not thought any convincing evidence of extraterristrials was discovered. “If anyone says they have the answers now, they’re fooling themselves, Mr Reid said We do not know.” But, he added: “we have to start someplace.” Documents show how the unit, working with a Las Vegas aerospace company run by Mr Reid's long time friend Robert Bigelow, investigated sightings of aircraft moving at high speeds with no signs of propulsion or that hovered mysteriously. Officials with the program also studied videos of encounters between unknown objects and American military aircraft  including one released in August of a white oval object, about the size of a commercial plane, chased by two US Navy fighter jets from the aircraft carrier Nimitz off the coast of San Diego in 2004. Yet in 2012, the program was seemingly wound up to the frustration of many. Visitors to the International UFO Museum in Roswell, New Mexico examine a glass-encased alien prop used in the movie "Roswell" Thomas Crosson, a Pentagon spokesman said:“It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding, and it was in the best interest of the DoD (Department of Defence) to make a change.” Some say the shadowy work continues despite the funding being cut off. Fornmer  military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, who led the unit, claims he continued his research and continued to work from his office in teh Pentagon until October when he resigned in protest at what he descirbed as excessive secrecy and internal opposition. In his resignation letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis, he reportedly wrote: “Why aren’t we spending more time and effort on this issue?” U.F.O.s have been repeatedly investigated over the decades in the United States, including by the American military. In 1947, the Air Force began a series of studies that investigated more than 12,000 claimed U.F.O. sightings before it was officially ended in 1969.  The project, which included a study code-named Project Blue Book, started in 1952, concluded that most sightings involved stars, clouds, conventional aircraft or spy planes, although 701 remained unexplained. Robert C. Seamans Jr., the secretary of the Air Force at the time, said in a memorandum announcing the end of Project Blue Book that it “no longer can be justified either on the ground of national security or in the interest of science.”

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:31:21 -0500
  • Two Grooms-To-Be Wanted The 'Gayest Cake Ever,' And This Is What They Got news

    Same-sex wedding cakes are turning out to be a divisive political symbol in the U.S., but at one bakery north of the border, it’s a much different story.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:19:08 -0500
  • Experts voice concern over Trump administration plans to ban words like 'fetus' and 'transgender' news

    Experts from the health community have expressed their alarm at reports that officials from Donald Trump‘s administration are forbidding officials at America’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases – including “fetus” and “transgender”. Officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are said to have been instructed not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents in the Trump administration. The paper stated alternative phrases were offered, with “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes” replacing “science-based” or “evidence-based”.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:54:11 -0500
  • You're About to See Way Fewer Facebook Posts Asking For Likes and Comments news

    Facebook is cracking down on "engagement bait"

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:46:31 -0500
  • Daily News: Top News of the Day from NBC News 12/18 news

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

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:38:40 -0500
  • With Fewer Than 50 Left On Earth, Asiatic Cheetahs Are Fast Sprinting Toward Extinction news

    The Asiatic cheetah could be headed one step closer to extinction after critical U.N. funding earmarked to protect the world’s “second-rarest cat” will dry up this later this month.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:10:48 -0500
  • Trump comments on Mueller, Cuba and McCain news

    President Trump takes several questions from the press upon his return to the White House from Camp David.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:14:07 -0500
  • Track Palin, son of politician Sarah Palin, arrested in Alaska news

    The elder son of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was in jail on Sunday, facing assault and burglary charges in her home state of Alaska.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:03:45 -0500
  • This Cat Named D-O-G Helps Train Pups To Be Service Dogs news

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

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:12:22 -0500
  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte backs same-sex marriage news

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

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:19:20 -0500
  • France Promises To 'Defend Net Neutrality' In Wake Of FCC Vote In U.S. news

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

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:40:47 -0500
  • Woman arrested in Florida after police found three dead dogs in her freezer news

    A woman has been arrested in Florida after authorities found three dead dogs in her freezer. While checking the home of the woman and her small child, sheriff’s deputies also saw heaps of trash inside and were overwhelmed by the odour of urine and feces. The deputies' lower pant legs were covered in fleas when they entered the home.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:11:00 -0500
  • U.S. Soldier Ambushed in Niger Wasn't Captured news

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

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:02:48 -0500
  • End of an era: Boeing 747 takes last US commercial flight news

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

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 23:01:32 -0500
  • Weakening winds aid battle against colossal California wildfire

    California firefighters were helped overnight by weakening winds in their battle against a two-week-old deadly wildfire that has cost nearly $131 million and blackened a widening area about one-third the size of Rhode Island, officials said on Monday. The blaze and other area wildfires have been whipped up by strong and steady Santa Ana winds sweeping in from eastern California deserts.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:27:17 -0500
  • Top Republicans Say Trump Isn't About To Fire Mueller. But They Can’t Stop Attacking Him. news

    Top Republicans on Sunday used news shows to assure the media and America that President Donald Trump is not on the verge of firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel charged with investigating Russian involvement in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by the president.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:35:29 -0500
  • End of days comes for Ohio man's 'zombie Nativity' scene

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

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:55:41 -0500
  • NBC Paid Staffer Severance After Accusing Chris Matthews Of Harassment news

    A former MSNBC employee was given separation compensation after accusing host Chris Matthews of making inappropriate jokes and comments about her in 1999, which according to one report were sexual in nature.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:43:49 -0500
  • Bones, teeth, skulls and a finger - Vatican issues new rules forbidding the trade of saints' relics news

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

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:06:21 -0500
  • 6 Conversation Starters For Actually Meaningful Catch-Ups With Relatives news

    It can be hard to know what to talk about over the holidays with relatively you haven’t seen in a while.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:00:36 -0500
  • Ex-Wife Arrested on Charges Related to NBA Star's 2010 Murder news

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

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:25:25 -0500
  • U.S. helped thwart major attack in St. Petersburg: U.S., Russia say news

    The United States provided intelligence to Russia that helped thwart a potentially deadly bomb attack in St. Petersburg, U.S. and Russian officials said on Sunday, in a rare public show of cooperation despite deep strains between the two countries.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:23:05 -0500
  • Austrian far-right hails benefits cut for immigrants

    The head of Austria's far-right hailed on Sunday plans by his incoming government to slash benefit payments for immigrants, a day before he was due to be sworn in as vice-chancellor. "It will no longer happen for migrants who have never worked here a single day or paid anything into the social system to get thousands of euros in welfare!" Heinz-Christian Strache said.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:32:34 -0500
  • How to Highlight Job Skills on a Resume

    Sure, it has your name at the top and it traces your career progression. Instead, experts say, your resume should be a mirror, one designed to reflect the ideal candidate for the open position you seek. What hiring managers are looking for is evidence that applicants' skills will help meet the company's goals.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:33:12 -0500
  • Trump Supporters Are Stepping Up Their Attacks On Bob Mueller And The FBI news

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

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:37:42 -0500
  • Conservative ex-President Pinera easily wins Chile election news

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Billionaire former President Sebastian Pinera easily won Chile's presidential runoff election Sunday, moving the world's top-copper producing country back to the right in the footsteps of other Latin American nations.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:41:45 -0500
  • How Many Taxpayer Dollars Is An Amazon Warehouse Job Worth? news

    ― Joshua Geathers spent two exhausting years inside an Amazon warehouse complex in Southeast Baltimore.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:33:50 -0500
  • Princess Charlotte to begin attending London nursery school from January news

    Princess Charlotte will begin attending a London nursery from January, her parents have announced. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed on Monday that their two-year-old daughter will join Willcocks Nursery School. The school, in Kensington, said its ethos is "for high standards, excellence and good manners". A spokesman for the Willcocks Nursery School said: "We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte. "We look forward to welcoming Charlotte to our nursery in January." Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a new family photograph, which features on their Christmas card this year. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The image features on Their Royal Highnesses' Christmas card this year. The photograph was taken earlier this year by @ChrisJack_Getty at Kensington Palace.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 18, 2017 More follows 

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 06:26:37 -0500
  • Massachusetts regulator opens pension probe against MetLife

    The top securities regulator in Massachusetts on Monday said he has opened an investigation of MetLife Inc after the insurer revealed last week it had failed to pay pensions to potentially thousands of people. "Retirees cannot afford to have glitches with their pension checks," Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin said in a statement. "I want to uncover why this occurred and how MetLife is going to rectify the problem for the retirees." MetLife, which pledged to fully cooperate with regulators, said the standard way for finding retirees who are owed benefits is no longer sufficient.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:12:38 -0500
  • Chinese convicts executed after stadium trial

    Thousands of spectators filled a stadium in China to watch 10 suspects be sentenced to death for crimes ranging from drug-dealing to homicide before they were taken away to be executed at the weekend. An online video of the rare public trial, held in southern Guangdong province on Saturday, showed the handcuffed suspects paraded around a track by uniformed police officers as onlookers watched from the sidelines. Rights groups say China executes more people than any other country, but Beijing does not give figures on the death penalty, regarding the statistics as state secrets.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:20:56 -0500
  • ESPN President John Skipper Resigns Unexpectedly news

    ESPN President and Disney Media Networks Co-Chairman John Skipper resigned Monday, citing a struggle with addiction.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:25:14 -0500
  • Tens of thousands rally in Indonesia to support Palestine news

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

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:55:10 -0500
  • Volkswagen has big plans for more Atlas models news

    The Volkswagen Atlas is the biggest SUV the company builds on its versatile MQB platform, and although it's only been on sale in the US for a mere seven months, the German auto giant is already planning a whole family of models based on it. Over the last month, Volkswagen sold 5,154 units of the Atlas in America, which is way ahead of competitors such as the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot full-size SUVs. During a recent event for the new generation of the Jetta sedan, which is still VW's biggest-selling vehicle in the US, the Group's North American CEO, Hinrich Woebcken, admitted he wants an "Atlas family" to include an entry in the high-volume B-segment of the market.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:56:44 -0500
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