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Trump Campaign Uses Shutdown To Accuse Democrats Of Being Complicit In Murder
News ImageWASHINGTON It only took a government shutdown for President Donald Trump to return to his original campaign message: Undocumented immigrants are dangerous and out to get Americans.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:06:46 -0500
House Ethics Committee Drops Republican Over Taxpayer-Funded Harassment Settlement
News ImageA Republican tasked with fighting against sexual harassment in Congress secretly settled a misconduct complaint filed against him by a former aide, The New York Times first reported Saturday.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:14:36 -0500
Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts Due to Violent Crime
News ImageThere's been a string of violent crimes in Montego Bay
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:01:33 -0500
Alaska Native group slams planned shamanism event
News ImageANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) An Alaska Native group spoke out Friday against a shamanism retreat, saying the event commercializes and exploits the spiritual healing practices of indigenous people.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:22:29 -0500
Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In Congress
News ImageHouse Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday he wasnt planning on leaving Congress any time soon, but he also didnt disclose whether he will serve another term in the House of Representatives.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:02:07 -0500
Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabet
News ImageKazakhstan's quarter-century struggle to assert its autonomy from former overlord Russia has hit an unlikely snag: the lowly apostrophe. A vast but sparsely populated country wedged between Russia and China, Kazakhstan came under the rule of its northern neighbour as Russia and Britain jostled for control of Central Asia in the Great Game. It also came under its linguistic influence, and to this day, many Kazakhs speak more Russian than their Turkic native tongue. This became especially concerning after Russian state media, which remain popular in Kazakhstan, helped whip up Russian-speaking separatists to fight government forces in Ukraine in 2014. In April, Kazakhstan's president of 27 years, Nursultan Nazarbayev, ordered the government to prepare a new Kazakh alphabet based on Latin characters and ditch the one based on Russia's Cyrillic script, which the Soviets implemented in 1940. He has said this will give Kazakhstan real independence and help it join the information world. But a cumbersome version of the new alphabet chosen by Mr Nazarbayev last autumn has sparked rare dissent in this authoritarian country due to its ample apostrophes. Of 32 letters in the alphabet, nine are written with an apostrophe. Mr Nazarbayev meets with Vladimir Putin in December. He has tried to gently assert Kazakhstan's independence from its former overlord Credit: Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP An against apostrophes hashtag soon appeared on social media. So did a No to Kazakh Latinisation with apostrophes! petition in October, which was briefly blocked. Film director Saken Zholdas made a video explaining how inconvenient the apostrophes were. With this decision, we are unintentionally, or maybe intentionally, killing the brand of Kazakh language once and for all, he said. The problem lies in the need to differentiate related but distinct Kazakh sounds, such as a long and short a, or consonants similar to s and sh. Setting them apart with an apostrophe allows the alphabet to be typed on a standard Latin keyboard, but also produces odd flurries of punctuation and many eyesore words. For instance, the word for bottle, pronounced shisha, is written s'i's'a, while east, pronounced shyghys, becomes s'yg'ys. Those are hardly the worst: The word for skier will be s'an'g'ys'y and that for crucial will be s'es'u's'i. The Republic of Kazakhstan will be written Qazaqstan Respyblikasy. The palace of peace and reconciliation designed by Norman Foster in Astana, Kazakhstan Credit: Sergei Bobylev/\TASS via Getty Images Some have speculated that Mr Nazarbayev picked the apostrophes to keep Kazakh distinct from the Latinised alphabets of other Turkic languages and placate Russia, which since Soviet times has feared pan-Turkic movements along its southern border. The guy just liked it, and since our country is this way, no one in government can tell the president no, Aidos Sarym, a political analyst who previously served on a state working group on Latinisation, told The Telegraph. Last month, Mr Nazarbayev said while the new apostrophes had caused much discussion, this version was the right one because it suited computer keyboards. But at the same time it complicates web searches and social media hashtags, where an apostrophe between letters splits them into separate words. From a technical point of view, apostrophes create more problems than they solve, said political analyst Dosym Satpayev. Mr Nazarbayev appears with Donald Trump in the White House on Tuesday. He has tried to balance relations with the United States, Russia and China Credit: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg In his video, Mr Zholdas suggested replacing the apostrophes with accent marks over the nine letters in question, a move he said could be supported by 70 per cent of computer fonts. Despite the defence of his version in December, Mr Nazarbayev also said there was still time to work with the new alphabet before the country switches over fully in 2025, giving hope that he could eventually relax his stance. He wants to go into history as the father of the new Latin Kazakh alphabet, Mr Sarym said. You can choose any version and let it be called the Nazarbayev version, but do it right so there aren't problems now, and so that tomorrow we won't have to do an upgrade.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:35:37 -0500
Saudi Arabia calls for extending non-OPEC cooperation
News ImageSaudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh on Sunday called for extending cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers beyond 2018 after a deal to shore up crude prices. This is the first time OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia explicitly calls for extending a 2016 deal between oil producers to cut back production to combat a global oil glut.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:20:53 -0500
With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tally
News ImageThere were more than 25,000 murders across drug-ravaged Mexico in 2017, the highest annual tally since modern records began, government data showed. Investigators opened 25,339 murder probes last year, up nearly 25 percent from the 2016 tally, interior ministry data released on Saturday showed. Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled vicious drug cartels that have increasingly splintered into smaller, more bloodthirsty, gangs.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:20:29 -0500
With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down
News ImageROCHESTER, 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
The women who marched in 2018
The women who marched in 2018One year into President Trump's administration, another Women's March. Here are scenes from the New York City event.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:37:28 -0500
This Flu Season Is The Worst Possible Time For A Government Shutdown
News ImageFlu cases are continuing to rise in the U.S., with some states,such as California, seeing record numbers of patients seeking medical attention.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:52:51 -0500
Student hospitalized after eating Tide Pods
News ImageUtah State University student ingested detergent.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:10:49 -0500
Turkish Jets Bomb Kurdish-Controlled Syrian City of Afrin
News ImageErdogan promised to expand operations against a group allied with the U.S.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:22:19 -0500
Clergy Abuse Advocates Fear Pope Francis Is Making It Harder For Victims To Speak Up
News ImageWhen Joelle Casteix heard Pope Francis accuse sex abuse victims in Chile of slander,the pontiffs words hit close to home.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:42:17 -0500
Neo-Nazis Say They'll Protest A Women's March In Tennessee
News ImageA neo-Nazi group plans to join anti-abortion activists in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Sunday for a rally against the Womens March in that city.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:36:39 -0500
Ed Sheeran Is Engaged To Childhood Friend Cherry Seaborn
News ImageEd Sheeran announced his engagement to girlfriend Cherry Seaborn on Saturday in an Instagram post that was pretty darn adorable.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:23:21 -0500
Manifestaciones masivas en la segunda Marcha de las Mujeres
News ImageMiles de personas participan en la Marcha de las mujeres, en Washington, EEUU. EFE
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:29:17 -0500
Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trial
News ImageMILWAUKEE (AP) Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's run-in with a 25-year-old man who shook his head at him while boarding a flight last year is headed to trial.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:19:28 -0500
Rand Paul Was Attacked Over a Lawn Care Dispute, Prosecutors Say
News ImageA neighbor will plead guilty to a felony offense
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:18:42 -0500
Statue of Liberty to reopen; shutdown keeps other parks, monuments closed
News ImageBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Statue of Liberty will reopen on Monday even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the work week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday, vowing to use state funds to keep the landmark monument in operation. Dozens of other national parks and monuments were expected to remain partially or entirely closed after Congress failed to agree on a spending plan to keep the government running past a Friday midnight deadline. "Not all parks are fully open but we are all working hard to make as many areas as accessible to the public as possible," U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Twitter on Saturday.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:34:27 -0500
Cable News Chyrons Tell The Bizarre Story Of Trump's First Year In Office
News ImageDonald Trump has officially completed one full year as president, and holy moly what a year its been.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:18:14 -0500
China says US warship violated sovereignty near Scarborough
News ImageBEIJING (AP) The Chinese government on Saturday accused the U.S. of trespassing in its territorial waters when a U.S. guided missile destroyer sailed near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:26:33 -0500
Anti-Abortion Harassment Goes Way Beyond Picketing Clinics
News ImageCan I pray for you? a woman asked after I shared my abortion story at the Womens March Convention in Detroit last year.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:46:01 -0500
Pentagons proposed nuclear strategy elevates cyberattacks to a terrifying new realm
News ImageIt's the fall of 2019 and America is paralyzed. A wave of cyberattacks have crippled America's banks, sent a blackout rolling across the East Coast, and disabled almost all U.S. internet infrastructure. America's response is nuclear. A submarine off the coast of North Korea launches ballistic missiles at the tiny, reclusive country, marking the first use of nuclear weapons in battle since 1945. In response, China and Russia prepare for war, and the world watches as an all-out nuclear exchange is suddenly a very real proposition. This scenario, previously impossible, would be just one of the many that the U.S. government would have to prepare for under the Pentagon's new proposals for how to respond to cyberattacks. The recently released draft of the Pentagon's proposed nuclear strategy shows an administration bullish on nuclear weapons even for "non-nuclear" attacks like a cyberattack or hack. This is the first time a U.S. administration has sought to enshrine in policy that cyberattacks against America could result in nuclear war. Experts warn this is a dangerous, slippery slope toward a nuclear exchange that, once started, is difficult to limit or stop. Richard A. Clarke, former national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection and counter-terrorism under President George W. Bush, said the proposed policy is, in a word, insane. "I think its cavalier to expand the concept of nuclear weapons use," he said. "Its insane, actually." Clarke was quick to point out that cyberattacks can never match the potential fatalities of a nuclear bomb. "I think there is a very dangerous policy move to expand the scope of things that would allow us to use nuclear weapons," he said. "Nuclear weapons is a last resort not something we should contemplate doing unless we absolutely have to." On a strategic level it's also flawed, he said. It's too dangerous the effects of nuclear winter are no joke and it's not credible to believe the U.S. would respond to something like an infrastructure attack with nukes. "It just makes no sense whatsoever," Clarke said. Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshare Fund, called the proposed strategy plans "absurd." In a phone call, the anti-nuclear advocate said a nuclear response would be disproportionate to the threat of a cyberattack. "Under this policy, the Trump administration would feel justified in using nuclear weapons on (Russia meddling in the election)," he said. One part that stood out of the draft report, known as the Nuclear Posture Review, first published in a non-classified form on The Huffington Post, was the mention of "significant non-nuclear strategic attacks." This seems to imply that the U.S. could retaliate with nukes against an attack on U.S. infrastructure, such as the power system. Other methods of retaliation would still be considered, but this is the first time cyberattacks would trigger a nuclear response, as The NewYork Times reported. SEE ALSO: Donald Trump brags his 'nuclear button' is bigger than Kim Jong Un's The prospect of using nuclear weapons against a cyberattack appears extreme but also highlights just how seriously some experts are taking the prospect of modern cyberwar. Cirincione said cyberattacks can be extremely dangerous, but hacks on systems controlling trains, dams or power supplies don't warrant this response. He sees the plan as an attempt to justify more use of nuclear weapons. "If the only tool you have is a nuclear weapon, every mission is a massive threat," he said. Jeffrey Knopf, professor of nonproliferation and terrorism studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, said in a phone call the proposal is a terrible idea that's "an excuse to keep and build new nuclear weapons." "Nuclear taboo" has kept nations from nuking each other for decades, but with this plan the U.S. is willing to break that over something like a cyberattack, Knopf said. This proposal is also telling about the administration's struggles to deter cyberwarfare. The Pentagon is essentially "throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks," Knopf said. The White House is still reviewing the strategy and a final version isn't expected for several weeks. The leaked version may change in coming weeks, and ultimately the review is a "wish list," as Knopf called it. For real policy changes to actually come from the updated nuclear guidance, Congress would need to pass budgets and funding. It's not a quick path to implementation. Clarke, the former White House cybersecurity czar, can't fathom how the Trump administration is using cybersecurity for nuclear justification. He says over the years this type of policy has been "rejected by everyone except the lunatic fringe." Maybe so, but like on many policy issues these days, it seems the lunatic fringe has crept into mainstream thinking. WATCH: The most difficult kind of computer systems to hack
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500
Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest Reworking
News ImageA photo-editing battle has erupted over this somewhat unsettling snap of President Donald Trumps face on a stack of German newspapers: PsBattle: Trump screaming in a stack of newspapers from photoshopbattles The viral image was actually part of an advertising campaign for the Der Tagesspiegel newspaper back in 2016, reports AdWeek.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:06:48 -0500
Turpin family home was 'littered with faeces and dead cats and dogs'
News ImageFormer Texan neighbours of David and Louise Turpin, the American couple whose 13 children were discovered chained and malnourished last week, have described a previous home littered with faeces, dead animals and a makeshift classroom. Ricky Vinyard, a tree feller from Rio Vista also told how one Christmas eight bikes arrived but remained untouched outside until they bleached in the sun. And that one of the daughters once ran away from home, only to be returned to her parents by another local resident. It was waist-deep in filth. There were dead dogs and cats in there, he told the Los Angeles Times. He described how he found two Chihuahuas that had survived by eating waste from a mound of soiled nappies in a trailer behind the property where the children slept. There were no beds, just mattresses." Inside the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home he said that: "There wasnt a place that wasnt filthy. Everything had locks on it: the closet had locks, the toy chest, the refrigerator. The Turpin parents have pleaded not guilty to charges of turture Credit: Damian Dovarganes/Damian Dovarganes Source: AP The couple, David 56 and Louise, 49, claimed to home-school their children, and the faeces-littered living room included eight small desks, a chalkboard, alphabet and number signs stapled to the wall. The family lived in the rural neighbourhood, south of Dallas with eight children from approximately 2000 to 2004 before they abandoned the property and moved to Perris in California. There, last week, both were each charged with multiple counts of torture, child abuse, the abuse of dependent adults and false imprisonment relating to the children aged from two to 29. They pleaded not guilty to all counts and are being held in custody on $9 million bail each. (6.5m) David Turpin was also charged with one count of a lewd act on a child by force. If convicted, they face up to 94 years to life in prison. Facebook photos showed the family visited Las Vegas and Disneyland The new revelations came as a California politician began drafting legislation to give greater oversight of home-schooled children, in a bid to prevent a repeat of the horrors. Jose Medina told The Telegraph: What happened in the city of Perris was tragic, and it was horrific. And I would like to try to do everything I can to ensure that it doesnt happen again. The Turpins' 13 children, aged between two and 29, had all, except the eldest, been exclusively home-schooled - meaning that, under California law, there was no outside contact. One of the reasons this went undetected was because the parents could keep the children hidden from the public, said Mr Medina. So Im looking at what the state can do, so that kids can no longer be kept in captivity.Two million children in the US are home-schooled, representing three per cent of all American youngsters, according to the Mike Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). The trend began in the 1970s, he told The Telegraph, but has increased in recent years. By contrast, in the UK only 30,000 children were educated at home in the 2016/17 academic year, out of over eight million.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:31:43 -0500
Turkish troops enter Kurdish enclave in northern Syria
News ImageHASSA, 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
New Zealand Just Became The 11th Country To Send A Rocket Into Orbit
News ImageNew Zealand successfully launched a rocket into orbit on Sunday, becoming the 11th country to achieve the feat.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:41:44 -0500
See Photos From 2018 Women's Marches Around the Country
News ImageA year after it made history, the 2018 Women's March brought protestors back into the streets. See photos from the 2018 Women's March.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:15:48 -0500
The Donald Trump Show Wraps Up First Season
News ImageWASHINGTON At least from a ratings standpoint, Americas 45th presidency without a doubt has had a successful first season, tremendous even.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:45:56 -0500
The Latest: Ranchers among 1st to get to helicopter crash
News ImageRATON, N.M. (AP) The Latest on a helicopter crash in New Mexico that killed five people, including a Zimbabwean opposition leader (all times local):
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:38:24 -0500
Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid SUV to debut in March at Geneva auto show
News ImageUnlike rival Rolls-Royce, which may go directly to an all-electric model in future, Bentley has set its sights on plug-in hybrids firstand the Bentayga luxury SUV will be the first one from the brand. The plug-in versions of the Bentley Bentayga is expected to debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show, and will be capable of running solely on battery power and producing zero emissions for short periods of time. A dedicated electric mode will keep the internal combustion engine at bay, though the big, heavy luxury SUV is likely to cover only a mile or so at lower speeds on electric power alone.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:30:00 -0500
CDC report shows flu season is intensifying
News ImageReport shows the virus is gaining steam.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:59:07 -0500
Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax Law
News ImageJust 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
Turpin family: Police may bring in dogs to search for bodies in house where children 'tortured' by parents, reports say
News ImageDetectives 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 Sheriffs Department in Riverside County and the police department in the City of Perris, California did not respond to The Independents requests for comment on the alleged plans.
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:15:00 -0500
Iraqi parliament postpones vote on election date
News ImageIraq's parliament failed on Saturday to approve May 12 as the election date, as suggested by the government, as Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers demanded a delay to allow hundreds of thousands of war-displaced people to return home. Shi'ite politicians, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, insist on holding the election as planned on May 12, saying a delay would be against the constitution. Speaking after Saturday's session in Baghdad, Parliamentary Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni, expressed hope that parliament would be able to vote on an election date by Monday, state TV reported.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:45:36 -0500
Twitter Concedes Russian Influence Before U.S. Election Was Greater Than Initially Thought
News ImageAt least 677,774 people in the United States followed, retweeted or liked content distributed by Russian government-linked Twitter accounts in a 10-week span prior to the 2016 U.S. election, Twitter announced Friday.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:21:15 -0500
Thai police arrest suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking
News ImageBANGKOK (AP) Thai police have arrested a suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking who allegedly fueled much of Asia's illegal trade for over a decade, officials said Saturday.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:22:15 -0500
Michigan State University Officials Stand by President Amid Criticisms of Nassar Case
News ImageThe Michigan State University Board of Trustees are supporting the school president Lou Anna Simon amid calls for her resignation due to the Larry Nassar sexual assault investigation.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:25:41 -0500
House GOPers Say A Secret Memo Could End The Trump-Russia Probe. Their Staff Wrote It.
News ImageWASHINGTON House Republicans spent the end of the workweek telling everyone who would listen that the American people must be allowed to see a top-secret four-page document that could bring an end to special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 elections.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:14:14 -0500
Mulvaney has been at center of last 2 government shutdowns
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump's budget chief Mick Mulvaney stormed Washington as a tea party lawmaker elected in 2010, and he hasn't mellowed much as director of the Office of Management of Budget at the White House.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:44:15 -0500
12-Year-Old Boy With Flu-Like Symptoms Dies After Virus Test Comes Back Negative
News ImageHis family is waiting for the autopsy results.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:33:28 -0500
Mexico Is Buying Some of America's Most Powerful Weapons (But Why?)
News ImageMexico is on the verge of being a failed state, swept by violence from powerful drug cartels who have turned the nation's cities and villages into bloody battlegrounds. Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department approved a $98.4 million weapons sale to Mexico, including RGM-84L Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles, Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) systems designed to shoot down antiship missiles and Mark 54 antisubmarine torpedoes. The high-tech weaponry is intended for the Mexican Navy's new Sigma 10514class long-range patrol ships.
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:33:00 -0500
Las Vegas Shooter Was Germophobe and Possibly Bipolar, Records Show
News ImagePolice have learned more about Stephen Paddock
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:53:10 -0500
South Africa's ANC to force Zuma to quit as president: reports
News ImageBy Nqobile Dludla JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Leaders of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC)met on Saturday to outline the party's program for the coming year amid reports that its executive planned to force Jacob Zuma to quit as the country's president. An ANC spokeswoman declined to comment on a report by broadcaster eNCA saying that its newly-elected National Executive Committee (NEC) had resolved to ask Zuma - whose presidency has been hit by corruption allegations - to resign. If Zuma refused, he would be forced to step down by the party's six-strong leadership group, eNCA said.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:16:14 -0500
This Carrie Fisher Quote Casts Last Jedi In A Whole New Light
News ImageNothing has caused a greater disturbance in the Force than the untimely death of Carrie Fisher.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:07:38 -0500
Texas judge pushes jury for acquittal in child trafficking case, saying God told him to do it
News ImageDistrict judge Jack Robison interrupted jurors deliberations to say they should not convict 32-year-old Gloria Elizabeth Romero Perez. Judge Robison then reportedly recused himself for the remainder of proceedings. Perez, of Buda, Texas, was convicted anyway on one count of continuous traffic of a person and jailed for 25 years, the site said.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:26:00 -0500
French surgeons make medical history with first double face transplant
News ImageA Frenchman whose body rejected a facetransplantafter seven years has received a second face from another donor in an unprecedented operation that surgeons had doubted was feasible. The worlds first facetransplantwas carried out in France 12 years ago and French surgeons have again made medical history by replacing one transplanted face with another. The recipient, in his 40s, who has not been named, had lived for nearly two months without a face after suffering a rejection of the firsttransplant. He was kept on life support in an induced coma after his original graft was removed in November. A statement issued by Frances biomedical agency and the national hospital service said: This graft shows for the first time... that re-transplantation is possible in the case of chronic rejection" of a donor face. It will be weeks before doctors can say whether the secondtransplant, which took a day to perform, has been successful. They are hoping it will mark a breakthrough, allowing them to replace the faces of patients who suffer rejections. Face transplants are still rare, with fewer than 40 operations carried out so far. US man Andy Sandness recieved a face transplant and is on a daily regimen of anti-rejection medication Credit: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall At least six patients have died after thehigh-risk procedure, which entails a life-long dependency on immunosuppressive drugs to stop the body rejecting the foreign organ.The medication can leave patients vulnerable to infections and cancers. Isabelle Dinoire, the woman who received the worlds first partial facialtransplantin 2005, died of cancer in 2016 aged 49. Before she died, Ms Dinoire had suffered a rejection of thetransplantand had lost partial use of her lips. The anti-rejection drugs she was taking are believed to have contributed to the occurrence of two cancers. She was 38 when surgeons performed the operation after she was mauled by a dog. After thetransplant, she said: It may be someone elses face, but when I look in the mirror, I see me. Transplants can help accident or assault victims or those suffering from genetic disorders to resume basic functions such as breathing, eating and speaking. They also restore the ability to smile or frown. The first facetransplantin France paved the way for doctors in six other countries to perform similar operations. In 2006, a surgeon in London was given permission to carry out full face transplants in Britain.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:37:42 -0500
Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose Gets Woke Over Devin Nunes; Twitter Roars
News ImageGuns N Roses frontman Axl Rose had an incredibly pithy take Friday on Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:42:10 -0500
Missouri governor: 'no blackmail,' 'no violence' in affair
News ImageJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) In his first interview since acknowledging an extramarital affair, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said Saturday that there was "no blackmail" and "no threat of violence" by him in what he described as a months-long "consensual relationship" with his former hairdresser.
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:27:11 -0500
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