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84 Arrested At Capitol Hill Protest Against GOP Tax Bill
News ImageFresh off an inspiring Democratic win in Alabamas Senate race, hundreds of progressive activists, many of whom had physical disabilities, converged on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to protest the Republican tax bill.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:50:06 -0500
Doug Jones Built No-Holds-Barred Campaign
News ImageRachel Maddow points out that in addition to other factors like African-American turnout and women voters, the Doug Jones campaign itself was well run and a testament to burgeoning Democratic political power in the South.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:49 -0500
On The Road Of Destruction To The Thomas Fire
News ImageIts Monday morning at 10 a.m., and Im driving north up Californias famously stunning coastline toward the Thomas Fire, the largest and most uncontrolled of five massive wildfires that have brought devastation to Southern California for the past week.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:29:07 -0500
DNC chair Perez: 'I heard Charles Barkley loudly and clearly'
News ImageTom Perez suggested he agreed with Barkleys view that Democrats have taken low-income and African-American voters for granted.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:01:00 -0500
Sandy Hook: Five Years Later, Victims' Families Find New Purpose
News ImageNicole Hockley, who lost her son Dylan, and Mark Barden, who lost his son Daniel, helped start Sandy Hook Promise with several other families who lost loved ones in the shooting.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500
8-year-old Imani McCray may have hung herself after seeing report of another girl's suicide
News ImageAn8-year-old girl fromNew Jersey committed suicide over the weekend, and sources close to the investigation are reportedly sayingshe may have been inspired by a story she saw on social media.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:47:42 -0500
Los Angeles fire that tore through Bel Air started at homeless camp, officials reveal
News ImageA cooking fire at a homeless camp ignited the wildfire that threatened the affluent Los Angeles neighbourhood of Bel Air, officials have said. Investigators have determined the fire was caused by an illegal cooking fire at an encampment in a brush area adjacent, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement, adding that no arrests had yet been made in connection with the fire. While not as large as the two other blazes that scorched thousands of acres in Los Angeles County, the Skirball Fire attracted attention as it imperilled upscale homes and the Getty Center, feeding on dry brush in the hills.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:09:17 -0500
Sirens, doves as China marks 80 years since Nanjing massacre
News ImageSirens blared and thousands of doves were released as Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a sombre ceremony in Nanjing marking 80 years since the wartime massacre in the city by Japanese troops. "China and Japan are close neighbours, neighbours who can't move away," said Yu Zhengsheng, a former member of China's top Communist leadership who now chairs a parliamentary body. China and Japan should build on their "long, rich history" of links to deepen "friendship", Yu said, avoiding reference to bitter disputes over the massacre.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:05:07 -0500
Video Shows Trump Supporters Saying 5-Year-Old Girl 'Looks Like' A Terrorist
News ImageIn a video that went viral on Twitter, people wearing American flag-themed clothing, including one wearing a shirt supporting President Donald Trump, can be seen laughing at a Palestinian-American family who attended a pro-Palestine rally in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:32:48 -0500
Schumer pursuing legal options over fake harassment document
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) Sen. Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that he is "pursuing every legal path" against whoever circulated a forged document accusing him of sexual harassment.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:47:49 -0500
Battlefield researchers uncover ISIS arsenal and weapons factory in Iraq
News ImageNBC News goes into Tal Afar Iraq with a team of weapons researchers as they discover an ISIS arms cache and munitions factory that reveals the terrorists groups sophisticated weapons program.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:55:42 -0500
Toddler Mistakes Sister's Wrestling Match For Real Fight, Runs In To Save Her
News ImageThe 2-year-old boy ran to his older sister Rubys rescue during her wrestling match at an elementary school meet in Columbia City, Indiana, on Sunday.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:59:21 -0500
Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis
News ImageWomen in Ohio would be prohibited from receiving abortions because of a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis under a bill that passed the state senate on Wednesday and is heading to Republican Governor John Kasichs desk. Lawmakers voted 20-12 in favor of the law, which criminalizes abortion if the physician has knowledge that the procedure is being sought due to a diagnosis of Down syndrome, a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21. Doctors would lose their medical licenses in the state and face a fourth-degree felony charge under the law if they were to perform an abortion with that knowledge.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:36:51 -0500
No One Knows Who Will Win Alabama's Senate Election
News ImagePolls are all over the map
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:22:03 -0500
Geminid Meteor Shower 2017: What it is, when it's happening and where to watch it
News ImageThis week, stargazers will witness the peak ofone ofthe year's best shooting star displays in the United States.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:22:47 -0500
North Korean Prisons Are Worse Than Nazi Concentration Camps, Says Holocaust Survivor
News ImageNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Uns mistreatment of political prisoners is at least as egregious as that carried out in World War II concentration camps, according to a former international judge who survived Auschwitz.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:52:30 -0500
Scientists to investigate if cigar-shaped asteroid could be an alien spacecraft
News ImageA team of researchers, including Stephen Hawking, is investigating whetherthe first known object from outside the solar system contains the first sign of life beyond our planet.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:32:17 -0500
26 Gifts For Teens Who Are A Struggle To Shop For
News ImageIf you thought buying a gift for dad was hard enough, try finding the perfect present for a teen.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:10:52 -0500
The Latest: Mother found guilty in 'Baby Lollipops' killing
News ImageMIAMI (AP) The Latest on the trial of a Florida woman accused of fatally beating her toddler (all times local):
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:19:02 -0500
GOP seeks excuse for Trump to fire Mueller
News ImageRep. Eric Swalwell talks with Rachel Maddow about Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pressing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for a reason for Donald Trump to fire Robert Mueller.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:50:40 -0500
San Francisco mayor, city's first Asian-American leader, dies
News ImageEd Lee, the first Asian-American mayor of San Francisco who presided over the city's growth as a high-tech juggernaut, died early Tuesday, his office said in a statement. While no cause of death was given, former mayor Willie Brown told San Francisco media that the 65-year-old Democrat suffered a heart attack while shopping for groceries late Monday. "It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday, December 12 at 1:11 am (0911 GMT) at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:19:13 -0500
Accused N.Y. bomber's family says attack 'our worst nightmare'
News ImageZulifikar Haider hoped his daughter would live the American dream when she married a fellow Bangladeshi living in the United States, but that dream turned into a nightmare when the family saw pictures of her husband wounded after allegedly trying to set off a bomb in a crowded New York commuter hub. Haider's family had been worried when his son-in-law, Akayed Ullah, 27, missed a regular call to his wife on Monday. "Even in our worst nightmares, we could not have foreseen this," Haider, 62, told Reuters on Wednesday evening, following two days of questioning by Bangladesh's counterterrorism police.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:29:41 -0500
GOP Tax Bill Designed To Kneecap Renewable Energy In Favor Of Fossil Fuels, Democrats Say
News ImageThe Republican tax bill aims to cripple the solar power, wind power and electric vehicle industries at the behest of GOP campaign donors from the fossil fuel sector, seven Democratic senators said Tuesday.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:30:38 -0500
MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic
News ImageMSC Seaside was named best new ship of the year Tuesday in the annual awards handed out by Cruise Critic, the cruise website.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:50:30 -0500
Charles Jenkins, American Held By North Korea For 40 Years After Defection, Dies At 77
News ImageCharles Jenkins, a former American soldier who defected across the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea in 1965 and was held by the totalitarian regime for 40 years, died in Japan on Monday at the age of 77.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:56:12 -0500
Two Palestinian militants killed in Gaza 'preparing attack on Israel'
News ImageTwo Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants riding on a motorcycle in Gaza were killed in an explosion on Tuesday which the group implied was caused by an accidental detonation during preparations for an attack. The deaths followed rockets fired last night into Israel from the Gaza Strip and come amid continuing protests atPresident Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week. In a statement after Tuesday's explosion, Islamic Jihad said: "We mourn the men - 'martyrs of preparation'". The group usually employs the term to refer to casualties caused by the accidental detonation of weapons or explosives used in attacks against Israel. Palestinian protesters throw back a teargas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes on the Israeli border with Gaza, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. Credit: AP Qudra named the two men as Hussein Ghazi Nasrallah and Mustafa al-Sultan, both in their 20s. Family members at the hospital where the bodies were taken told AFP the two men were members of Islamic Jihad, an Islamist group that fought alongside Hamas in the last war with Israel in 2014. Earlier Tuesday, four Palestinians were wounded, one seriously, by Israeli gunfire as they protested near the Israeli border fence in eastern Gaza City. Violence along the Israel-Gaza border has flared since Mr Trump's decision last week. In addition to border protests, Palestinian militants have fired several rockets at Israel in recent days, sparking Israeli retaliatory airstrikes and shelling. Two Hamas militants and two demonstrators were killed over the weekend. On Monday, Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted a rocket fired by militants in Gaza. Shortly afterward, Israel responded with tank fire and air strikes targeting positions of Hamas.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:35:31 -0500
Why I Responded Live On The Air To A Viewer Who Called Me A Racial Slur
News ImageEditors note: This piece includes the uncensored use of racial slurs and graphic language that may be disturbing to readers.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:36:12 -0500
Florida mom guilty of killing son known as 'Baby Lollipops'
News ImageMIAMI (AP) A Florida mother on Wednesday was convicted for a third time of brutally abusing her toddler before fatally beating the boy who became known as "Baby Lollipops" in a case that riveted Miami decades ago.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:08:29 -0500
The FBI Agent Who Was Removed From Mueller's Russia Probe Called Trump an 'Idiot'
News ImagePeter Strzok was removed from the investigative team following the discovery of politically charged text messages
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:49:49 -0500
Latest Monsanto GMO seeds raises worries of monopoly
News ImageThe rapid growth of Monsanto's new GMO seeds resistant to the controversial herbicide dicamba has revived worries about the company's stranglehold over farming during a period of industry consolidation. Long a producer of dicamba, Monsanto last year introduced genetically-modified cotton and soybean seeds that can resist the weed killer. The products took off, amassing more than 20 percent of US soybean fields and 50 percent of US cotton fields in just two years, according to Monsanto data.
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:54:31 -0500
U.S. Congress to let Iran deadline pass, leave decision to Trump
News ImageBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress will allow a deadline on reimposing sanctions on Iran to pass this week, congressional and White House aides said on Tuesday, leaving a pact between world powers and Tehran intact at least temporarily. In October, Trump declined to certify that Iran was complying with the nuclear agreement reached among Tehran, the United States and others in 2015. Congressional leaders have announced no plans to introduce a resolution to reimpose sanctions before Wednesday's deadline and aides say lawmakers will let the deadline pass without action.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:14:34 -0500
Native American Activists Create Spoof Website To Call For Redskins Name Change
News ImageFor a few hours on Wednesday morning, a small group of Native American activists convinced the internet that Washingtons professional football franchise had finally decided to change its racist Redskins team name.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:23:28 -0500
Mother who 'blacked out' during baby's death gets 13 years
News ImageBELFAST, Maine (AP) A woman who drank multiple shots of liquor and smoked marijuana on the night of her infant son's death was ordered Wednesday to serve 13 years in prison.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:53:27 -0500
Shark Viciously Attacks Woman On Her Honeymoon
News ImageSarah Illigs dream honeymoon in the Bahamas turned out to be a nightmare after she was bitten by a shark.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:38:41 -0500
Israel hits Gaza after rocket fire: army
News ImageThe Israeli air force hit the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers early on Wednesday after Palestinians fired at southern Israel, the military said. Late on Tuesday, the military said that an undefined "projectile" was fired from Gaza towards southern Israel. Palestinians in the coastal territory have fired both rockets and mortar rounds into Israel over the past week amid anger over US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:14:58 -0500
Volkswagen releases 2019 Jetta sketches ahead of Detroit reveal
News ImageIt might be hard to believe for anyone outside the United States, but the Jetta is still Volkswagen's biggest-selling model in America. Despite the continuing decline of sedan sales, the seemingly unstoppable rise of the SUV, the sheer quality of the Golf, and the age of the Jetta, it really is still VW's most important model in the US. It's therefore a pretty big deal that the German automaker has now released some sketches of the all-new 2019 Jetta ahead of a full reveal at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:15:59 -0500
The Rock For President? Dwayne Johnson Now 'Seriously Considering' A Run
News ImageCould the Peoples Champion end up in the Peoples House?
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:18:21 -0500
PolitiFact's Lie Of The Year: Donald Trump And 'This Russia Thing'
News ImagePolitiFact on Tuesday revealed its 2017 Lie of the Year, focusing on how President Donald Trump has regularly disputed whether Russia interfered in last years election and questioned the widely held conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies, which he has frequently undermined and dismissed as political hacks.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:03:37 -0500
Walmart gives workers a way to get paid earlier
News ImageNEW YORK (AP) Walmart is providing workers with an app aimed at helping them budget their money and get paid before payday.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:05:29 -0500
China angered as U.S. considers navy visits to Taiwan
News ImageBy Michael Martina and Jess Macy Yu BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China accused the United States on Thursday of interfering in its internal affairs and said it had lodged a complaint after U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law an act laying the groundwork for possible U.S. navy visits to self-ruled Taiwan. Tensions have risen in recent days after a senior Chinese diplomat threatened China would invade Taiwan if any U.S. warships made port visits to the island which China claims as its own territory.
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:16:00 -0500
Bangladesh arrests cleric over fatwa against women farming
News ImageA Muslim cleric accused of issuing a fatwa banning women from working on farms has been arrested in Bangladesh, police said Wednesday. The imam and five mosque officials face charges after their announcement prompted locals in the western town of Kumarkhali to try and prevent women from going to work in the fields. "They took the decision after prayers on Friday, banning women from going out of their homes," local police chief Abdul Khaleque told AFP.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:23:40 -0500
Funeral held in San Antonio for slain San Marcos officer
News ImageSAN ANTONIO (AP) A Texas police officer who was fatally shot last week was a compassionate man who loved being a police officer and a father, mourners recalled Wednesday at his funeral.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:35:19 -0500
The Sweet Ways Billie Lourd Honored Carrie Fisher At The 'Star Wars' Premiere
News ImageBillie Lourd found two beautiful ways to pay tribute to her late mother, Carrie Fisher,at the premiere of her moms lastStar Wars film.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:07:41 -0500
America Can't Turn Back the Clock on Iran
News ImageSupporting Saudi Arabia and Israel will help to counterbalance Iran. The Obama administration pursued a regional policy that sought to reintegrate Iran into the regional and international systems in the hope of stabilizing the Middle East. This policy has attempted to reestablish Iran, as a regional power similar to the pre-1979 period.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:48:00 -0500
2019 Volkswagen Jetta: Lucky Seven?
News ImageApplying VW's new ways of thinking to its best-selling car.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0500
Goat Cheese And Roasted Garlic Beehive, The Best Appetizer Ever
News ImageYou know a dish is a hit when guests come back after the party to ask if theres any left over.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:36:05 -0500
David Cameron criticises Donald Trump for 'fake news' attacks on media
News ImageDavidCameron hasjoined the chorus criticising USPresident DonaldTrumpfor his tirades against the media, saying his attacks on "fake news" was undermining democracy. In his first public speech since stepping down after his failed attempt to win a vote to stay in the European Union last year, the former prime minister said Mr Trumpwas corrupting society and diverting attention from real abuses through his attacks on outlets like CNN and the BBC. PresidentTrump: fake news is not broadcasters criticising you, it's Russian bots and trolls targeting your democracy, pumping out untrue stories day after day, night after night, Mr Cameronsaid at an anti-corruption lecture hosted by Transparency International and law firm Clifford Chance in London. When you misappropriate the term fake news, you are deflecting attention from real abuses. Ignoring whats happening on social media is facilitating a form of corruption that is undermining democracy. Mr Cameronchampioned the fight against corruption and pushed through legislation strengthening the hand of law enforcement officials. At a glance | The rise of fake news Now, he said, the problem was worsening. Taking aim atRussia, he suggested underhand tactics had been used by the country to win the right to stage the 2018 Fifa World Cup. I am sure (President Vladimir Putin) wasnt completely surprised when Russia actually won the bid. You couldnt make it up. In the years since, 10 of the 22 members of that Fifa executive committee were indicted or punished. Speaking tonight at @TransparencyUK#TILecture17 - Britain was first G20 country to set up open register of beneficial ownership. We must keep promoting transparency and fighting the battle against corruption. David Cameron (@David_Cameron) December 13, 2017 He also said the EU had not done enough to fight Russia's attempts to interfere with Europe's democracies. To be honest this is one area where, far from being too quick to act, the EU has been far too slow, he added. Barack Obama used to challenge European leaders over how we seemed to ignore or even tolerate Russian subversion of some eastern European business, energy, media or even political interests. He was bang on target.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:14:53 -0500
Hurricane state Republicans demand disaster aid by Christmas
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) Lawmakers from hard-hit states such as Florida are demanding tens of billions of dollars of hurricane relief and rebuilding funds as part of another temporary Washington spending bill to keep the government from shutting down over Christmas.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:42:15 -0500
Revance will wait to seek backing for Botox-rival
News ImageRevance Therapeutics Inc will wait to seek partnerships with bigger drugmakers until it is closer to regulatory approval for its Botox rival treatment, Chief Executive Dan Browne told Reuters in an interview. The California-based drug developer shook the aesthetic industry last week by reporting data that showed its drug RT002 reduced the severity of frown lines for about six months, almost double the 3-4 months Botox and other treatments achieve. The news sent a shiver through investors who have bet on Botox owner Allergan Plc and its development strategy, which relies heavily on the popularity of the treatment both in cosmetic and therapeutic procedures.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:33:08 -0500
Google opens AI centre in China as competition heats up
News ImageGoogle announced Wednesday that it will open a new artificial intelligence research centre in Beijing, tapping China's talent pool in the promising technology despite the US search giant's exclusion from the country's internet. Artificial intelligence, especially machine learning, has been an area of intense focus for American tech stalwarts Google, Microsoft and Facebook, and their Chinese competitors Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu as they bid to master what many consider the future of computing.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:16:09 -0500
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