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GOP Sen. Kennedy: Trump's nominee should have been able to answer my questions
News ImageLouisiana Sen. John Kennedy said that he has supported nearly every one of President Trumps picks, but that he doesnt support them blindly: I ask questions that I expect them to be able to answer. In doing so, Im just doing my job.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:24:51 -0500
Ryan Zinke Fires 4 Department Of Interior Employees For Harassment
News ImageInterior Secretary Ryan Zinke fired four senior staffers at the Department of the Interior for inappropriate conduct in response to a bombshell employee survey revealing widespread harassment within the agency.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:13:13 -0500
California Evacuations Continue as Thomas Fire Spreads
News ImageA GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Cory Iverson's pregnant wife and young daughter.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500
2-Year-Old Steals Baby Jesus From Manger During Nativity Pageant
News ImageOne eager Tennessee 2-year-old took matters into her own hands during her churchs recent Nativity pageant
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:50:14 -0500
This Cat Named D-O-G Helps Train Pups To Be Service Dogs
News ImageNot 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
Roy Moore has a Jewish lawyer, so...
News ImageRachel Maddow shares video of an odd boast by Roy Moore's wife, Kayla Moore, that couple employs a Jewish lawyer, so accusations that they are anti-Semites could not be true.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:28:02 -0500
Friday's Morning Email: What The Net Neutrality Repeal Means For You
News ImageTOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday?
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:33:30 -0500
Lawsuit: 2 immigrant teens in US custody can't get abortions
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump's administration is blocking two pregnant teens in the country illegally and being held in federal custody from obtaining abortions, the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday, a repeat of the situation that led to a high-profile court fight earlier this year.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:49:42 -0500
Where's Barron? First son's absence from official White House Christmas portrait raises questions
News ImageThe White House released the Trump family's first official Christmas portrait on Thursday -- capturing the president and first lady holding hands and smiling as they posed nestled between flags and Christmas trees.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:48:26 -0500
Man dies after attacking Israeli troops with a knife in deadly clashes over Trump's Jerusalem decision
News ImageIsraeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over USPresident Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week. Most of the casualties were on the Gaza Strip border, where thousands of Palestinians gathered to hurl rocks at Israeli soldiers beyond the fortified fence. Medics said two protesters, one of them wheelchair-bound, were killed and 150 wounded. In the occupied West Bank, another area where Palestinians are seeking statehood along with adjacent East Jerusalem, medics said two protesters were killed and 10 wounded by Israeli gunfire. One of the dead was a man who Israeli police troopers said was shot after he stabbed a member of their unit. Reuters witnesses said the Palestinian held a knife and wore what looked like a bomb belt. A Palestinian medic who helped evacuate the man for treatment said the belt was fake. Palestinians -- and the wider Arab and Muslim world -- were incensed at Trump's December6 announcement, which reversed decades of U.S. policy reticence on Jerusalem, a city where both Israel and the Palestinians want sovereignty. Mohammed Aqal, 29, stabbed a border police officer at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank while wearing what appeared to be a suicide vest, before being shot three times by police Credit: GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS Israeli border policemen stand away after shooting Aqal Credit: GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS Aqal later died, according to health authorities Credit: GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS Washington's European allies and Russia have also voiced worries about Trump's decision. Gaza's dominant Hamas Islamists, which reject coexistence with Israel, called last week for a new Palestinian uprising, but any such mass-mobilisation has yet to be seen in the West Bank or East Jerusalem. There have been almost nightly Gazan rocket launches into Israel, so far without casualties. Israel has responded with air strikes on Hamas facilities, one of which killed two gunmen. The Israeli military said that, on Friday, about 3,500 Palestinians demonstrated near the Gaza border fence. "During the violent riots IDF (Israel Defence Force) soldiers fired selectively towards main instigators," the military said in a statement. Pictures from the scene show Aqal with a knife and what appears to be a suicide belt A military spokeswoman had no immediate comment on the wheelchair-bound protestor, Ibrahim Abu Thuraya. Abu Thuraya, 29, was a regular at such demonstrations. In media interviews, he said he had lost both his legs in a 2008 Israeli missile strike in Gaza. In the West Bank, the Israeli military said that about 2,500 Palestinians took part in riots, rolling flaming tyres and throwing fire bombs and rocks at soldiers and border police. Israel captured East Jerusalem, an area laden with Jewish, Muslim and Christian shrines, from Jordan in the 1967 war and later annexed it in a move not recognised internationally. Palestinians hope that part of the city will be the capital of a future independent state and Palestinian leaders say Trump's move is a serious blow to a moribund peace process. Israel has welcomed Trump's announcement as recognising political reality and biblical Jewish roots in Jerusalem. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Israel, as well as Egypt, next week. (Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Catherine Evans and Hugh Lawson)
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:21:31 -0500
Australia's Child Sex Abuse Commission Exposes National Tragedy Of Systemic Violence
News ImageSYDNEY Australias child sex abuse Royal Commission on Friday handed over its final report to the government in a move that increases pressure on lawmakers, religious groups and civic institutions to immediately adopt more than 400 recommendations.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:25:51 -0500
Tillerson: 'Cannot accept the progress of North Korea's program'
News ImageSecretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke about the worsening situation in North Korea and what diplomatic options remain.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:17:32 -0500
Trump on cusp of tax reform victory as wavering Republicans pledge support
News ImageSenators Marco Rubio and Bob Corker had both expressed reservations about the landmark legislation, but they said they were now on board. Mr Corker, a Tennessee Republican who has feuded publicly with Donald Trump, said he would back the legislation despite concerns about the measure inflating the deficit. A Congressional Budget Office analysis of a version of the legislation found it would add some $1.4 trillion to the deficit, but supporters argue surging economic growth would offset that.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:10:46 -0500
One of Kim Jong Uns top generals has Vanished
News ImageSouth Korean intelligence agencies are reporting that a top North Korean general may have been executed, despite being seen by Kim Jong Uns side as recently as September.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:34:15 -0500
The best days to get Your Last-Minute Gifts
News ImageConsumer spending in November was more than double what was expected, but it was a tumultuous year in retail, so companies are tacking on last-minute deals to end the season on a high note.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:26:15 -0500
So, The FCC Repealed Net Neutrality. What Does That Mean For You?
News ImageIf you woke up with a chill in your bones and a faint sense of dread, it could be this: On Thursday, theFederal Communications Commissiondecided to give internet service providers,like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, the power to meddle with your internet traffic.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:52:03 -0500
What School Safety Looks Like 5 Years After Sandy Hook
News ImageOn the morning of Nov. 14, staff members at Rancho Tehama Elementary School in Corning, California, heard the sound of a single gunshot in the vicinity of the campus.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:43:28 -0500
Tips on Tipping This Holiday Season
News ImageWho should you tip and how much should you give during the holidays? Those are questions consumers grapple with every year, and theres no clear-cut answer. But there are guidelines, depending on...
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:45:00 -0500
Trump wont discuss a pardon for Flynn yet
News ImageWith a single syllable in comments to reporters Friday morning, the president suggested he may have the last word in the matter of Michael Flynn. Trump also appeared to question the integrity of the FBI, even though he was on his way to a graduation at the bureaus academy.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:45:46 -0500
6.5 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia's Java island
News ImageA strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's main island of Java late Friday, leaving at least one person dead and rattling nerves in the capital Jakarta. There was no immediate indication of a tsunami, but authorities said they had issued a warning following the tremor, which struck a coastal region some 300 kilometres (190 miles) from the capital. National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said a 62-year-old had died in the Ciamis region in West Java after becoming trapped in a collapsed house.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:44:42 -0500
Matt Lauer's First Accuser Lives 'In Constant Fear' Of Being Identified
News ImageMatt Lauers original accuser is terrifiedthat her identity will become public.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:01:28 -0500
Joanna Gaines on What Really Happened on Her Snowy Magnolia Cover Shoot: 'I Was Slowly Sinking'
News ImagePLUS: See the larger-than-life birthday present Cardi B got fianc Offset for his 26th birthday blowout
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:12:24 -0500
AP PHOTOS: Best of 2017 for the Middle East
News ImageIn 2017 the Islamic State group was driven from its last strongholds in Iraq and Syria at an enormous cost, Pakistanis broke their silence to speak about sexual abuse in Islamic schools, and the U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ignited widespread protests.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:33:46 -0500
Are the U.S. Marines Dying?
News ImageThe U.S. Marine Corps is arguably the best amphibious-warfare force in the world. The issue is that relentless overseas commitments have strained marine resources so badly that it cant conduct the other training that it needs to maintain its combat edge. A review of readiness data from 2014 to 2016 revealed that Marine Corps units were unable to fully accomplish training for other amphibious operations priorities, according to the GAO report.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:41:00 -0500
Kelly Cutrone Says Russell Simmons Tried To Rape Her In 1991
News ImageKelly Cutrone is the most recent woman to accuse hip-hop producer Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:12:24 -0500
Rep. Adam Schiff Warns Of GOP Plans To Shutter House's Russia Probe
News ImageRepublicans on the House Intelligence Committee may be looking to prematurely shutter the committees investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a ranking Democrat warned Friday.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:01:59 -0500
Grand Jury Slams Penn State for 'Rampant and Pervasive' Fraternity Hazing After Tim Piazza's Death
Grand Jury Slams Penn State for 'Rampant and Pervasive' Fraternity Hazing After Tim Piazza's Death"No fraternitys existence is worth more than the life of Tim Piazza"
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:32:00 -0500
Trump's Statement On Redundancy Is Hilariously Redundant
News ImagePresident Donald Trumps statement on deregulation on Thursday is getting plenty of attention, but not just for his claim of killing off 22 regulations for every new one implemented.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:05:47 -0500
Hong Kong 'milkshake murderer' challenges life sentence
News ImageAmerican Nancy Kissel, dubbed the "milkshake murderer" for one of Hong Kong's most notorious crimes, was back in court Friday to challenge her life sentence for murdering her banker husband. Kissel lost an appeal in 2014 against a conviction for drugging her husband -- a senior executive at US bank Merrill Lynch -- with a sedative-laced strawberry drink before clubbing him to death with a lead ornament in their luxury home in the southern Chinese city. With bobbed hair and wearing glasses, she took copious notes throughout the judicial review hearing into her case at Hong Kong's High Court on Friday.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:42:02 -0500
Carrie Fishers final performance is Now on the Big Screen
News ImageFishers force is strong as she gives her final performance "Star Wars: The Last Jedi, playing the role that made her a star.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:09:07 -0500
Missing From Amazon's Search For A Second Home: The Climate Effects
News ImageWhen Amazon kicked off a bidding war for its second North American headquarters in September, the company laid out a vision of its perfect suitor.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:45:18 -0500
U.S. judge to lift house arrest for former Trump campaign manager Manafort
News ImageBy Karen Freifeld WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge on Friday said she would release former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort from house arrest once he meets certain conditions, expressing satisfaction that the $10 million he agreed to forfeit would be available if he ever failed to appear for court proceedings. In her order, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said to be released from home confinement, Manafort must execute documents agreeing to forfeit four properties, including two in New York, one in Alexandria, Virginia, and his Florida home. Manafort is charged with conspiring to launder money and failing to register as a foreign agent working on behalf of the government of Ukraine's former pro-Russia President Viktor Yanukovych.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:49:41 -0500
Mexican Senate keeps military in policing role
News ImageMEXICO CITY (AP) Mexico's Congress approved a law Friday that would give the military a legal framework to act as police, despite unanimous objections from human rights groups.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:37:50 -0500
Fox News Women Furious Over Rupert Murdoch Comments On Sexual Misconduct
News ImageCurrent and former female Fox News employees say they are stunned, disgusted and hungry for justice after media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Thursday dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct at the network as nonsense outside of a few isolated incidents with former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:41:28 -0500
Beijing Cant Understand Taiwans Democracy
News ImageThe Communist Party is baffled and angered by the new activism across the straits.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:01:11 -0500
This Couple Lost 8 Family Members in the Texas Church Massacre. But Theyre Still Finding Joy at Christmas
News Image"It wont be long until well be there with the rest of the family," Joe, 86, said
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:00:12 -0500
Jamie Oliver Says He'd Do This Disgusting Thing If He Had To Cook For Donald Trump
News ImageJamie Oliverisnt planning on cooking a meal for President Donald Trump anytime soon.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:11:43 -0500
The Latest: New 1st-degree murder charge in car ramming
News ImageCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) The Latest on a hearing for an Ohio man accused of driving into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in August (all times local):
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:49:58 -0500
Unilever selling margarines for 6.8 bn euros to US giant KKR
News ImageAnglo-Dutch food and consumer giant Unilever said Friday it had reached a 6.8-billion-euro ($8-billion) deal with US private equity giant KKR to sell its margarines business. Unilever "has received a binding offer from KKR to purchase its global spreads business for 6.825 billion euros on a cash-free, debt-free basis," the company said in a statement. After spurning a takeover by US rival Kraft Heinz earlier this year, Unilever announced in April it would spin-off its margarines, which include such brands as Flora, Blue Band and Rama, as part of a restructuring plan.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:27:35 -0500
Mario Batali Apologizes For Sexual Harassment With Cinnamon Rolls
News ImageMario Batali, the former host of The Chew who stands accused of sexual misconduct, issued an apology to fans on Friday through his newsletter and inexplicably ended it with a recipe for cinnamon rolls.
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:03:25 -0500
South Africa's ANC aims to announce new leader on Sunday
News ImageBy Alexander Winning and Mfuneko Toyana JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) expects to announce Jacob Zuma's successor as party leader on Sunday, a spokesman said, concluding a bruising leadership battle that threatens to tear it apart before a 2019 election. The race between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former cabinet minister and ex-wife of President Zuma, the two frontrunners to replace Zuma, is too close to call. The stakes are high because the ANC's electoral dominance means whoever wins the party's top job is likely to become the next president of South Africa after the next national election.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:02:51 -0500
Islamic State: What happened to all the foreign fighters?
News ImageAn estimated 40,000 people traveled from around the world to take up arms for the Islamic State group as it occupied territory in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate in 2014. How many have gone elsewhere to fight?" said Seth Jones, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the Rand Corporation. International counterterror groups are putting huge efforts into answering those questions, working hard to name, count and track IS foreign fighters.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:39:41 -0500
The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week
News ImageKids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:56:57 -0500
Poland's senators defy EU warnings, approve judicial laws
News ImageWARSAW, Poland (AP) Poland's senators approved legislation Friday that gives the government greater control of a top court and a key judicial body despite warnings from European Union leaders that the move could put the country at risk of losing its EU voting rights.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:47:29 -0500
Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos Share Adorable 'Kid Approved' Holiday Family Photo
News ImageHappy holidays from the Consuelos clan!
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:30:50 -0500
Trumps Really Scary Explanation Of How The Worst People Can Come To The U.S. Isnt True
News ImagePresident Donald Trump on Friday accused foreign nations of manipulating a visa lottery program to send the United States their worst of the worst a complete misrepresentation of how the State Departments program actually works.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:43:17 -0500
93-Year-Old Woman Spends 2 Nights In Jail After Eviction From Senior Housing
News ImageFlorida authorities released an elderly woman from jail on Thursday after police arrested her for allegedly not paying rent at the senior housing community where she had lived since 2011.
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:58:37 -0500
Barack Obama Dressed Up As Too-Cool-For-School Santa For His Latest Appearance
News ImageThe former president dropped by a Boys & Girls Club branch in D.C. in a statement outfit with a festive touch.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:56:14 -0500
After going missing for six years, our son will be with us this Christmas
News ImageChristmas Charity Appeal banner 2017 Only once in the six years that Matthew was missing did I fear the worst. A friend texted saying she was thinking of me, after what the police have found. I turned on the news:a body had been discovered near where we live in Kent. My heart nearly stopped when they estimated hed been dead four years, exactly as long as Matthew had been gone. I called a reporter who, thankfully, confirmed it wasnt him. Somehow I knew he was alive, and that my husband Jim and I would find him. Matt was a lovely child. He was into football, a popular lad. But at 24, out of the blue, he had a psychotic episode and ended up being sectioned. After a stay in hospital, he seemed better. He went back to work as a roofer. Then one Friday in 2010 he went to see a friend in London. I remember saying, Have a good weekend, dont forget work on Monday. Love you. And that was that. When he didnt come home on Sunday we were concerned but assumed hed had one too many beers. We left him a message and on Monday I went to my job at the prison service and Jim to his as a firefighter.By Wednesday I said to Jim, I know it sounds silly but Im going to report him missing. The relief at finding him alive was indescribable. But it was the start of a new journey The police searched his bedroom and found his phone the one wed been messaging. His driving licence, passport and birth certificate were missing, plus 1,700 in cash that we thought was to fix his car. His friends hadnt seen him, and one created a Facebook group seeking information; within hours it had 900 members. Wed look at it night and day and follow up every lead. Wed go anywhere hed been spotted. The search dominated our lives. I dont know what wed have done without the Missing People charity. They supported us and helped keep Matt in the public eye, putting photos of him on billboards and in The Big Issue. Telegraph Christmas Appeal 2017 | What are the charities? Days turned into years. But we never lost hope. Each Christmas, I put presents for him underthe tree. And we left his room exactly as it was when he left. Then, in May of last year, the police told us Matt might have been found. Hed been picked up by police in Spain, after behaving oddly. After an agonising two-week wait while police confirmed it was him, we learnt he was in a secure unit in a Madrid hospital. The flight was one of the worst journeys of our lives: the anticipation was unbearable. Our reunion wasnt the joyful one wed imagined: he didnt want to see us.When he eventually agreed, we were shocked he was emaciated with long hair and a beard. After 10 minutes, he wanted us to leave. Matt in 2010, before he went missing The relief at finding him alive was indescribable. But it was the start of a new journey, which is in some ways harder. It took us three weeks to get him back to the UK. At another secure unit he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and stabilised with medication.A year ago he moved to respite care. We see him weekly and theres such an improvement in his appearance and well-being. I know hes progressed, as I get a cuddle from him now whenI see him. The first time that happened, I was a blubbering wreck. Hell never be 100 per cent and I have to accept the man hes become, but we count our blessings. Hes alive and well and I know exactly where he is. Matthew wont be with us on Christmas Day he prefers Boxing Day, as there are fewer people, but well be making the most of it. Given that the Christmas before last we didnt know if he was alive or dead, this is 100 per cent better. As told to: Victoria Young To donate to Missing People or any of the Telegraphs Christmas charities, call 0151 284 1927 or visit telegraph.co.uk/charity
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:58:39 -0500
Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia: sources
News ImageBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday. Masri's detention, which follows the biggest purge of the Saudi kingdom's affluent elite in its modern history, has sent shockwaves through business circles in Jordan and the Palestinian territories, where the billionaire has major investments. A Saudi citizen of Palestinian origin, Masri was detained last Tuesday hours before he was planning to leave after he chaired meetings of companies he owns, according to the sources.
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:27:28 -0500
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