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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
  • Power Restored At Atlanta International Airport After 11-Hour Outage news

    A major power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday prompted officials to order all flights headed there to be grounded at their departure points or diverted.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:49:04 -0500
  • Seven words banned at the CDC, with apologies to George Carlin news

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

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 02:03:44 -0500
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • OAS says 'serious questions' remain over Honduras election

    TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - "Serious questions" still surround the results of Honduras' presidential elections last month, the secretary general of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, said on Twitter on Sunday. Honduras has been roiled by political instability in the wake of the Nov. 26 vote, with Conservative incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez leading center-left Salvador Nasralla, a TV star, by 1.53 percentage points, according to the official count. The tally has been questioned by the two main opposition parties and a wide swathe of the diplomatic corps. ...

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:42:53 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • German journalist freed from jail in Turkey pending trial news

    ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court ordered German journalist Mesale Tolu and five co-defendants released from prison Monday pending the outcome of their trial on terror-related charges.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:24:49 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Congressman will not seek relection amid misconduct probe

    U.S. Representative Ruben Kihuen announced on Saturday that he will not seek re-election, becoming the latest member of Congress to end his legislative career in the face of sexual harassment allegations. The first-term Nevada Democrat, who is the subject of an ethics investigation in the House of Representatives, denied the allegations against him but concluded that the charges would distract from "a fair and thorough discussion of the issues" on the campaign trail. "It is in the best interests of my family and my constituents to complete my term in Congress and not seek reelection," Kihuen, 37, said in a statement issued by his campaign committee.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:03:31 -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
  • Putin thanks Trump for help in foiling attack plot news

    Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked his US counterpart Donald Trump on Sunday for the CIA's help in thwarting a planned attack in Saint Petersburg, the second time in a week that the leaders have exchanged praise. Putin spoke by phone with Trump to convey his gratitude for intelligence supplied by the CIA which allowed Russia's FSB security service to break up a "terrorist cell" that was planning attacks in Russia's second city, according to the Kremlin.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:48:03 -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
  • 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
  • End of an era: Boeing 747 takes last US commercial flight

    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.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:31:39 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Israel to probe fatal shooting of Palestinian paraplegic news

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military said Sunday it has opened an investigation into the fatal shooting of a paraplegic Palestinian man who was shot in the head during a violent demonstration in the Gaza Strip last week.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:57:08 -0500
  • Stocks cheer with US tax cuts firmly in their sights news

    Stock markets across the world jumped on Monday as adoption of US tax cut plans moved into the final stretch.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:58:30 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Russia to help Syria rebuild energy facilities - Russian Deputy PM

    МOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will be the only country to take part in rebuilding Syrian energy facilities, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday, after holding talks in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad, the RIA news agency reported. Rogozin was speaking a week after President Vladimir Putin ordered "a significant part" of Moscow's military contingent in Syria start withdrawing, declaring their work largely done.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:24:21 -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
  • Hillary Clinton Had The Best Response To Pete Davidson's Tattoo Of Her news

    Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live” shocked many of his followers last week when he unveiled a tattoo of his “hero,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:10:05 -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
  • The Latest: McCain treated for viral infection, doctor says news

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Sen. John McCain (all times local):

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:17:19 -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
  • Amber Tamblyn Slams Rose McGowan for 'Shaming' Women Who Plan to Wear Black to Golden Globes news

    Amber Tamblyn is not pleased with her friend Rose McGowan‘s decision to speak out against Hollywood actresses who plan to wear black to the Golden Globes in protest of sexual harassment

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:17:03 -0500
  • These Are The Real People Who Follow The Jedi Religion news

    “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” arrived in theaters Friday, and for most moviegoers, that galaxy far, far away fades from our imaginations once the film itself fades out.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:07:51 -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
  • Does Pentagon still have a UFO program? The answer is a bit mysterious

    The Pentagon acknowledged on Saturday that its long-secret UFO investigation program ended in 2012, when U.S. defense officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities. The New York Times reported on Saturday that the hush-hush program, tasked with investigating sightings of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, ran from 2007 to 2012 with $22 million in annual funding secretly tucked away in U.S. Defense Department budgets worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:31:02 -0500
  • Argentina sacks navy chief over submarine tragedy news

    Argentina dismissed its naval chief on Saturday, the most high-profile officer to be fired a month after a submarine went missing with 44 crew members on board. "The defense minister asked him to retire. It's a political decision," a navy officer told AFP on condition of anonymity about the decision to remove Admiral Marcelo Srur during an ongoing investigation into the sub's disappearance. Srur is the fifth senior officer to have been relieved of his functions so far over the ARA San Juan's disappearance. Military sources say President Mauricio Macri is willing to retire most of the naval leadership. The government is also creating an internal investigative commission that will be headed by retired captain Jorge Bergallo, father of the ARA San Juan's second commander, Jorge Ignacio Bergallo, government sources told state news agency Telam. Friends and family of missing submarine crew members place a flag on the fence of the naval base in Mar de Plata, Argentina An international search operation has so far failed to locate the vessel. The 43 men and one woman who were aboard are believed to have died in the tragedy. But families of the missing have pressed the government to continue the search, which has not yet been officially closed. Some relatives claim the navy has been hiding information, and have called for a parliamentary investigation. On Friday, they protested in Mar del Plata, where the submarine was based, and Buenos Aires. Relatives have focused their anger on the condition of the three-decade-old sub, which had undergone a seven-year refit to extend its service, and the navy's guardedness since the start of the search operation. The navy has a poor reputation in Argentina. During the 1976-1983 military dictatorship, some navy units served as detention and torture centers, and an estimated 30,000 people disappeared.

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:41:14 -0500
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