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  • Bernie Sanders denounces 'outrageous' Trump ad as 'so sad for our country' news

    Sen. Bernie Sanders condemned as “nonsense” a new ad from President Trump accusing Democrats of being “complicit” in murders in the United States by undocumented immigrants.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:06:42 -0500
  • Pope Francis Compares Gossiping Nuns To Terrorists news

    Pope Francis compared gossiping nuns to terrorists during his latest South American tour stop in Lima on Sunday.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:06:14 -0500
  • Boy dies after undergoing surgery to remove 10-pound tumor from his face news

    A Cuban boy who underwent surgery last week to remove a 10-pound tumor from his face died in a Miami hospital on Friday, one of his physicians has announced.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:30:41 -0500
  • The #SchumerShutdown Hashtag Is Getting A Big Boost From Russian Bots news

    WASHINGTON ― As lawmakers wage a messaging war over who caused the government shutdown, Republicans and the White House are getting a big boost in their efforts to blame Democrats for the mess ― from the Russians.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:33:19 -0500
  • Lawyers: Firing squad must be option for condemned killer news

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for a condemned killer whose execution was stopped last year after 25 minutes of unsuccessful needle sticks are once again recommending the firing squad as an alternative.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:16:37 -0500
  • Jeanette Epps is not the only astronaut NASA has removed from their planned flights news

    On Jan. 18, NASA announced that astronaut Jeanette Epps would not fly, as expected, to the International Space Station in June. The mission would have been historic, since she would have become the first African-American crewmember on the orbiting outpost.  The space agency hasn't released any information about why Epps was benched from her planned mission, saying only that "these decisions are personnel matters for which NASA doesn’t provide information," according to NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean. Epps will now work in the Astronaut Office at Johnson Space Center and await another possible flight assignment. Epps' removal from her planned flight isn't without historic precedent. SEE ALSO: Astronaut expected to be the 1st African-American Space Station crewmember won't fly in 2018 after all NASA has benched astronauts before flights many times in its decades as a federal agency, and for many different reasons. "Flight assignments have been changed often in the past at various stages of training for a variety of reasons," Dean said via email. Specifically, quite a few astronauts have been removed from their missions for health reasons.  NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps.Image: NASANASA's Ken Mattingly was pulled from the Apollo 13 crew just a few days before their scheduled launch because he was exposed to German measles.  From the ground, Mattingly was part of the team that helped bring back the Apollo 13 crew to Earth after an oxygen tank exploded, putting the lives of the crew in serious danger and forcing them to abandon their planned moon landing.  Mattingly still earned a place in cinematic history, since he was portrayed by actor Gary Sinise in the movie Apollo 13. "Long before Jeanette Epps was pulled from her upcoming space station expedition, astronauts such as Ken Mattingly in 1970 and Don Thomas in 2002 were reassigned due to medical issues, while Mark Lee was pulled from a 2001 space station assembly shuttle mission for reasons NASA never disclosed," space historian and editor of Robert Pearlman said in an interview.  "To their crewmates' credit, despite the interruptions, the missions went on as planned (or in the case of Apollo 13, went awry but at no fault of Mattingly's replacement, Jack Swigert)." NASA also replaced Jeff Ashby in 1997 due to an illness in his family, and other astronauts have been removed due to other medical or personal issues. "NASA invests a lot of time, effort and money in training their astronaut crews, and stresses teamwork throughout, so the decision to remove an astronaut from a flight is never taken lightly," Pearlman said. Epps's 2018 mission was announced in 2017 and it immediately went viral.  News organizations profiled Epps and wrote about her expected upcoming flight, making the news of her reassignment all the more surprising.  She has not yet flown to space. Epps was chosen as part of NASA's 2009 astronaut class as one of 14 candidates.  Her path to NASA is different from many other astronauts, however.  Epps started off as a NASA fellow and then worked at Ford Motor Company before spending seven years at the Central Intelligence Agency.  Epps was inspired to become an astronaut after watching the first class of women become NASA astronauts decades ago. "It was about 1980, I was nine years old. My brother came home and he looked at my grades and my twin sisters' grades and he said, 'You know, you guys can probably become aerospace engineers or even astronauts,'" Epps said in a NASA video. "And this was at the time that Sally Ride [the first American woman to fly in space] and a group of women were selected to become astronauts — the first time in history. So, he made that comment and I said, 'Wow, that would be so cool.'" WATCH: Here's how Virgin's space program is different than SpaceX

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:59:03 -0500
  • Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax Law news

    Just days after the House passed its version of the federal tax law slashing corporate tax rates, House Speaker Paul Ryan collected nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions from billionaire energy mogul Charles Koch and his wife, according to a recent campaign donor report.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:23:32 -0500
  • Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

    Taliban militants who killed at least 22 people at a luxury Kabul hotel went from room to room searching for foreigners, survivors and a security source said Monday as more details of the victims emerged. Insurgents armed with Kalashnikovs and suicide vests attacked the landmark Intercontinental Hotel overlooking the Afghan capital late Saturday in an assault that lasted more than 12 hours and prompted questions over how the attackers breached security. Officials have said that at least 14 foreigners were killed.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:20:02 -0500
  • Young Mother Becomes 4th Member of Montecito Family Found Dead in Mudslides news

    The discovery of 28-year-old Faviola Benitez Calderon puts the death toll at 21, with two still missing.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:39:31 -0500
  • Senator says FBI lost crucial texts tied to Clinton probe

    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has lost about five months worth of text messages between two staffers who worked on probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails and possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, according to a Republican lawmaker. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, revealed in a Jan. 20 letter that the FBI's technical system failed to preserve texts that were exchanged between Lisa Page, a lawyer, and Peter Strzok, an agent, between mid-December 2016 through mid-May of 2017.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:57:46 -0500
  • 'Executed' North Korean pop diva takes Olympic spotlight news

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Just a few years ago, she was reportedly executed by a North Korean firing squad. Now, Pyongyang's top pop diva is a senior ruling party official and a surprise headliner in the run-up to the South Korean Winter Olympics.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:09:18 -0500
  • Anti-Abortion Harassment Goes Way Beyond Picketing Clinics news

    “Can I pray for you?” a woman asked after I shared my abortion story at the Women’s March Convention in Detroit last year.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:46:01 -0500
  • White House voicemail blames Democrats for no one answering the phone amid government shutdown news

    Callers to the White House were met with an unusual message from the answer phone this weekend - claiming the phone could not be answered because of Democrats.  The message told would-be callers that there was no one to pick up the phone because Democrats were holding government funding "hostage".  Donald Trump's staff changed the answer message after the US government went into a partial shutdown because Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on a funding deal.  The recorded message was set up on the White House comment phone line through which members of the public can call in to share their views. It says: "Unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today because Congressional Democrats are holding government funding - including funding for our troops and other national security priorities - hostage to an unrelated immigration debate." "Due to this obstruction, the government is shut down." Clouds pass behind the White House in Washington Credit: Reuters The line was extremely busy over the weekend, often requiring multiple attempts to get through to the recording, as the public called up to hear the unusual message. However, the message was not greeted with amusement by all, with some callers outraged at its partisan nature. THE WHITE HOUSE IS NOT A CAMPAIGN HQ, THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE (I guess except not from this admin, BUT STILL) White House voicemail accuses Dems of holding funding 'hostage'— alyssa mastromonaco (@AlyssaMastro44) January 21, 2018 One Twitter user wrote: "How can this possibly be legal? They're using the White House phone lines to deliver a message against their political adversaries". How can this possibly be legal? They're using the White House phone lines to deliver a message against their political adversaries.— Elizabeth West (@Limeylizzie) January 20, 2018 Another wrote:  "This is really something. Even the outgoing voicemail message at the White House is lies now." This is really something. Even the outgoing voicemail message at the White House is lies now.— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) January 20, 2018 The shutdown began at midnight on Friday when Congress failed to agree on a funding package.  It means many government workers will not be paid until the shutdown ends, leaving a number of services without staff. The main point of disagreement was funding for border security and immigration, including the fate of undocumented immigrants who grew up in America. The US Senate will hold another vote on a package deal at midday on Monday in a bid to end the impasse.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:06:51 -0500
  • Vietnam oil exec 'kidnapped' from Germany jailed for life news

    A Vietnamese former state oil executive who was allegedly kidnapped from Germany was jailed for life on Monday for embezzlement, in the highest-profile corruption trial to target the communist country's business and political elite. Vietnam has mirrored China in its massive corruption purge, but critics say the campaign is as much about targeting political foes as it is about tackling graft in one of Southeast Asia's most corrupt nations. The life sentence for Trinh Xuan Thanh, the former head of PetroVietnam Construction (PVC), capped a dramatic two-week trial -- closed to international media -- that included a tearful apology from the 51-year-old.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:57:20 -0500
  • Private Investigators Say Several People Murdered Canadian Billionaire Couple Barry and Honey Sherman news

    The suggestion contradicts earlier theories that their deaths were a result of a murder-suicide

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:20:34 -0500
  • James Franco Attends SAG Awards Amid Allegations Of Sexually Inappropriate Behavior news

    James Franco attended the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night despite having been accused earlier this month of sexually inappropriate behavior.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:23:55 -0500
  • The Latest: France tells UN that Syria is at 'a crossroads' news

    BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on developments in Syria and Turkey's offensive on the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin (all times local):

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:16:55 -0500
  • Serial Stowaway Charged Following Latest Arrest at O`Hare Airport news

    A 66-year-old woman, who has been arrested several times for sneaking onto planes without a ticket and even a passport, is back at it again. This time she made it from Chicago to London before she was caught.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:43:39 -0500
  • Rescue Crews in Colorado Save Deer Trapped in Frozen Reservoir news

    The first responders had to cut a path in the ice to get to the deer.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:46:36 -0500
  • Modi and Bibi Are Brothers in Arms news

    India and Israel won’t let ideology get in the way of booming bilateral trade.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:26:53 -0500
  • Manifestaciones masivas en la segunda Marcha de las Mujeres

    Miles de personas participan en la “Marcha de las mujeres, en Washington, EEUU. EFE

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:29:17 -0500
  • Just another day at the office: The 'proof' that Donald Trump is hard at work to avert government shutdown news

    The White House has released photographs showing President Donald Trump apparently working hard over the weekend in a bid to avert the impending government shutdown.  The president spent his inauguration anniversary at his desk rather than partying with supporters at a planned Mar a Lago celebration as he struggled to make headway on resolving the crisis. A second senate vote on the spending bill has been scheduled for 1am (6am GMT) Monday as the government shutdown enters the working week.   But as the deadline loomed, it seemed the two sides were at an impasse over the question of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. Democrats insist a provision to protect the dreamers, those who were brought to the country illegally as children by their parents, is included. The Republicans say they will negotiate that once the government is up and running again. On Sunday morning, the president tweeted:  Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2018 Mr Trump walks along the West Wing Colonnade Credit: Official White House Photo The photographs, released on Saturday, show the president walking along the West Wing Colonnade from his residence to the Oval Office where he remained behind close doors for much of the day. Another captured a steely-faced Mr Trump holding a phone to his ear receiving updates from Capitol Hill while wearing a Make America Great Again baseball hat. And a third picture had him surrounded by smiling senior staff including his daughter Ivanka, son in law Jared Kushner, communications director Hope Hicks and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. President Donald J. Trump meets with White House senior staff members including Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Hope Hicks Credit: White House He had been expected to attend the glitzy $100,000 a head event at his Palm Beach, Florida residence on Saturday night which went ahead in his absence.  Instead, he relayed a video message in which he blamed the Democrats for his no-show, according to US media sources.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:29:01 -0500
  • Turpin family latest: Dead dogs and cats found inside couple's abandoned home, reveals former neighbour news

    The parents accused of shackling and torturing their 13 children, left their former home "waist-deep in filth" and strewn with the bodies of dead dogs and cats, a former neighbour has revealed. David and Louise Turpin were arrested at their home in Perris, California when their 17-year-old daughter escaped from a window and called the police. Investigators found a number of the children shackled to beds with chains and padlocks.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:36:00 -0500
  • Gleeful Kate McKinnon Unleashes Her Inner Robert Mueller On 'SNL' news

    “Saturday Night Live” chameleon Kate McKinnon pulled off yet another dead-on impression of a Washington personality, this time conjuring up a barely-contained, gleeful Robert Mueller.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:18:08 -0500
  • Alison Brie Talks Allegations Against Brother-In-Law James Franco At SAG Awards news

    Alison Brie addressed the sexual misconduct allegations waged against her brother-in-law James Franco during a red carpet interview at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards, saying that anyone who “feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward.”

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:44:51 -0500
  • Turkish troops enter Kurdish enclave in northern Syria news

    HASSA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish troops and Syrian opposition forces attacked a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria on Sunday in their bid to oust from the area a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia, which responded with a hail of rockets on Turkish towns killing at least one refugee.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:35:47 -0500
  • With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down news

    ROCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — With just three students left attending high school here, junior Kimberly Taylor moves from one empty classroom to the next, taking mostly online classes or studying alone.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:17:55 -0500
  • New Ferrari 488 will be faster than the LaFerrari: report news

    Not every automaker is able to sell out a production run of a new vehicle before one is even built, and without having to do any media advertising. At a gathering of Ferrari dealers and VIP customers recently, the invitees were presented with some of the key specifications of the staggering new Ferrari 488 that's been in the pipeline for almost a year now.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:34:11 -0500
  • Return to China: One reporter finds a nation that has gone from bicycles to bullet trains

    A gray, frozen landscape greeted me when I flew into Beijing one wintry November day in 1983. Recommended: How much do you know about China? China’s 800 million peasants toiled on “people’s communes.” Urban workers had an “iron rice bowl” of assigned jobs and food rations.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:00:01 -0500
  • Deutsche Bank denies Manager Magazin report on Kushner

    Deutsche Bank on Monday denied a magazine report that said that the bank had reported to German banking supervisors suspicious funds associated with Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and advisor. German monthly Manager Magazin reported last week that Deutsche Bank has indications that Kushner, or people or companies close to him, have identified suspicious flows of funds through the bank. The report also said that Deutsche Bank reported its suspicions to German financial watchdog BaFin.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:54:16 -0500
  • Do Russia and China Stand Any Chance Against the Navy's New Aircraft Carrier? news

    The Ford-Class is amazing--and quite deadly.  Do Russia and China Stand Any Chance Against the Navy's New Aircraft Carrier? The Ford class will embark two squadrons of ten to twelve F-35C Joint Strike Fighters, two squadrons of ten to twelve F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, five EA-18G Growler electronic attack jets, four E-2D Hawkeye airborne early-warning and control aircraft, and two C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) planes. Down the road, it will embark the MQ-25 Stingray refueling and intelligence collection drone, the eventual planned sixth-generation fighter to replace the Super Hornet, and, if Sen. John McCain has his way, a new long-range strike drone.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:25:00 -0500
  • Turpin family: Police may bring in dogs to search for bodies in house where children 'tortured' by parents, reports say news

    Detectives investigating the case of the 13 siblings found locked up in a house in California, may "send cadaver dogs" to see if there was anyone else in the house who may have died, reports have suggested. Crime Watch Daily, a syndicated news show broadcast in multiple states across America, also reported that investigators were considering carrying out DNA tests on the Turpin children to check if they were all related, citing sources close to the case. The Sheriff’s Department in Riverside County and the police department in the City of Perris, California did not respond to The Independent’s requests for comment on the alleged plans.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:15:00 -0500
  • How Not To Hide Your Pregnancy In An Underwear Ad, A Kylie Jenner Story news

    Nothing gets between Kylie Jenner and her Calvins, except a blanket, an oversized denim shirt, sister Khloe Kardashian’s thigh and literally whatever else can distract from her pregnancy.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:55:38 -0500
  • Boston TV Station Posts Aaron Hernandez Photo To Celebrate Patriots' Win news

    Boston’s ABC affiliate WCVB tweeted the New England Patriots’ AFC title game victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday with an action photo of the late Aaron Hernandez.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:21:34 -0500
  • India, Pakistan continue trading fire and blame in Kashmir news

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian and Pakistani soldiers again targeted each other's posts and villages along their volatile frontier in disputed Kashmir after a day's lull, killing at least one civilian and wounding three others, officials said Monday.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:24:41 -0500
  • 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD news

    After the gold rush.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:05:00 -0500
  • Volunteer arrested after border agents seen dumping water

    PHOENIX (AP) — A volunteer for an organization that tries to prevent immigrants from dying in the Arizona desert was arrested several hours after the group released videos showing Border Patrol agents kicking over water bottles left for those crossing into the U.S. illegally.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:07:31 -0500
  • The Paleo diet could be a healthy option for post-menopausal weight loss suggests new study news

    Carried out by Caroline Blomquist, a doctoral student at Umeå University, Sweden, the study followed 70 post-menopausal women for a two-year period, looking at the effect of two different diets on weight loss. Half of the women followed a diet according to Nordic nutrition recommendations, which is high in cereals, bread, potatoes, fruits, and vegetables, low in fats and sweets, and includes a moderate amount of dairy, meat, fish, eggs, and beans. The other half of the participants followed the popular Paleo Diet, which recommends plenty of fruit and vegetables and a high intake of protein and unsaturated fats, such as lean meats, fish, poultry, eggs, shellfish, seeds, nuts, oils.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:21:24 -0500
  • Ex-Revel customers tell what they want in new Ocean Resort news

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — There were many reasons why Atlantic City's former Revel casino failed after little more than two years in business, including its choking debt, an oversaturated casino market in the northeastern U.S., and a fundamental misreading of their main clientele.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:37:07 -0500
  • Chung stuns Djokovic in Australian Open

    By Martyn Herman MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Six-times champion Novak Djokovic bowed out of the Australian Open in the fourth round as relentless South Korean Chung Hyeon ground him down to claim a stunning 7-6(4) 7-5 7-6(3) victory on Monday. The 21-year-old Chung, ranked 58th in the world, proved an immovable object, absorbing everything the former world number one could throw at him and returning it with interest. Two years after losing in straight sets to Djokovic on the same Rod Laver Arena, the bespectacled Chung turned the tables to claim the biggest victory of his career.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:36:00 -0500
  • UK's Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew, engaged news

    LONDON (AP) — It will be a busy year for royal weddings: Princess Eugenie is engaged to be married later this year, several months after her cousin Prince Harry's nuptials.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:22:16 -0500
  • Manchester United simply had to go for Sanchez, says Irwin

    By Sudipto Ganguly MUMBAI (Reuters) - Players of the calibre of Alexis Sanchez do not become available very often so Manchester United had no choice but to make a move for the Arsenal forward, former Ireland defender Denis Irwin has said ahead of the Chilean's expected move to Old Trafford. The 29-year-old Sanchez, who is out of contract at the end of the season and was also a target for leaders Manchester City, missed Arsenal's 4-1 league win over Crystal Palace on Saturday. British media reports say he will seal his move to United this week with Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan joining Arsenal in a swap deal.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:31:35 -0500
  • Football Fans Lose Faith In Humanity As Patriots Head To Another Super Bowl news

    Football fans were utterly distressed Sunday night as the New England Patriots secured a spot in yet another Super Bowl.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:27:30 -0500
  • NBC's Kelly says Fonda has 'no business' lecturing her news

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's Megyn Kelly lashed out at actress Jane Fonda Monday in a simmering dispute over an interview gone awry, even invoking the old "Hanoi Jane" nickname.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:30:58 -0500
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