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Progressive Groups Want Doug Jones To Throw Caution To The WindThrough a unique confluence of events, Democrat Doug Jones managed to defy the deeply Republican leanings of Alabama and win a special election on Tuesday to represent the state in the Senate.

Posted: December 16, 2017, 7:03 pm

93-Year-Old Woman Spends 2 Nights In Jail After Eviction From Senior HousingFlorida 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.

Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:58 pm

Mario Batali Apologizes For Sexual Harassment With Cinnamon RollsMario 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.

Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:03 pm

Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia: sourcesBy 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.

Posted: December 16, 2017, 5:27 pm

California Has Nearly Hit A Record On Wildfire Spending -- Halfway Through Its Budget YearCalifornia’s state firefighting agency is within days of spending more to fight fires in a single year than ever before, and the fiscal year still has six months to go.

Posted: December 16, 2017, 1:00 pm

Are the U.S. Marines Dying?The 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 can’t 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.

Posted: December 16, 2017, 3:41 am

Lawsuit: 2 immigrant teens in US custody can't get abortionsWASHINGTON (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.

Posted: December 16, 2017, 2:49 am

Matt Lauer's First Accuser Lives 'In Constant Fear' Of Being IdentifiedMatt Lauer’s original accuser is “terrified” that her identity will become public.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 10:01 pm

What Does A Healthy Relationship Look Like? Experts Weigh InA healthy relationship doesn’t just happen by accident.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 9:23 pm

Former on-air personality says ESPN was hostile workplaceBRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A former ESPN personality is accusing the network of trying to silence her and other women who assert they were subjected to a sexually hostile work environment.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 8:56 pm

U.S. judge to lift house arrest for former Trump campaign manager ManafortBy 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.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 8:49 pm

6.5 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia's Java islandA 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.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 7:44 pm

What School Safety Looks Like 5 Years After Sandy HookOn 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.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 7:43 pm

Grand Jury Slams Penn State for 'Rampant and Pervasive' Fraternity Hazing After Tim Piazza's Death"No fraternity’s existence is worth more than the life of Tim Piazza"

Posted: December 15, 2017, 7:32 pm

GOP Sen. Kennedy: Trump's nominee should have been able to answer my questionsLouisiana Sen. John Kennedy said that he has supported nearly every one of President Trump’s picks, but that he doesn’t support them blindly: “I ask questions that I expect them to be able to answer. In doing so, I’m just doing my job.”

Posted: December 15, 2017, 7:24 pm

Battle lines drawn for South Africa's ANC on eve of leadership voteBy Alexander Winning and Mfuneko Toyana JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's ruler since the end of apartheid, faces perhaps the most pivotal few days in its recent history when it meets over the weekend to choose a successor to Jacob Zuma as party leader. The ANC's electoral dominance means whoever wins the job is likely to become South Africa's next president. Economic growth in Africa's traditional powerhouse has been lethargic over the last six years and the jobless rate stands near record levels.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:58 pm

Oklahoma man sentenced to death for beheading his co-workerNORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Friday sentenced a man to death for beheading a co-worker in 2014 at a food processing plant.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:12 pm

This Couple Lost 8 Family Members in the Texas Church Massacre. But They’re Still Finding Joy at Christmas"It won’t be long until we’ll be there with the rest of the family," Joe, 86, said

Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:00 pm

Barack Obama Dressed Up As Too-Cool-For-School Santa For His Latest AppearanceThe former president dropped by a Boys & Girls Club branch in D.C. in a statement outfit — with a festive touch.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 5:56 pm

2-Year-Old Steals Baby Jesus From Manger During Nativity PageantOne eager Tennessee 2-year-old took matters into her own hands during her church’s recent Nativity pageant

Posted: December 15, 2017, 5:50 pm

Man charged in shooting of cops saved by bulletproof vestsST. LOUIS (AP) — A 37-year-old man was charged Friday in the shooting of two suburban St. Louis police officers who were saved by their bulletproof vests.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 5:43 pm

Peter Jackson: Harvey Weinstein Made Me Blacklist Accusers Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino"There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career," Sorvino tweeted.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 5:32 pm

Unilever selling margarines for 6.8 bn euros to US giant KKRAnglo-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.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 5:27 pm

Kelly Cutrone Says Russell Simmons Tried To Rape Her In 1991Kelly Cutrone is the most recent woman to accuse hip-hop producer Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 5:12 pm

One of Kim Jong Un’s top generals has VanishedSouth Korean intelligence agencies are reporting that a top North Korean general may have been executed, despite being seen by Kim Jong Un’s side as recently as September.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 4:34 pm

The best days to get Your Last-Minute GiftsConsumer 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.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 4:26 pm

Trump Speaks At FBI Graduation After Trashing Bureau's 'Worst In History' ReputationPresident Donald Trump on Friday told graduates of an FBI training program in Quantico, Virginia, he’s a “loyal champion” of police, days after he attacked the bureau and claimed its “reputation is in tatters.”

Posted: December 15, 2017, 4:20 pm

US recognition of Jerusalem a 'bomb' in the Mideast: ErdoganThe decision by US President Donald Trump to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel is a "bomb" thrown at the entire Middle East, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday. Erdogan, who has sought to steer often disunited Muslim nations into a coordinated response on the issue, said Muslims would never accept the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The US step is a "new bomb thrown into the lap of the Middle East," Erdogan said in an address marking the opening of a new metro line in Istanbul.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 4:20 pm

Harley-Davidson Trademarks the BronxHarley-Davidson Trademarks the Bronx New York borough's name conjures tough, urban image According to a recent report on, the folks at Harley-Davidson have filed a trademark application that would allow it to reference one of New York City’s

Posted: December 15, 2017, 4:15 pm

Carrie Fisher’s final performance is Now on the Big ScreenFisher’s force is strong as she gives her final performance "Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” playing the role that made her a star.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 4:09 pm

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This WeekKids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 3:56 pm

Joanna Gaines on What Really Happened on Her Snowy Magnolia Cover Shoot: 'I Was Slowly Sinking'PLUS: See the larger-than-life birthday present Cardi B got fiancé Offset for his 26th birthday blowout

Posted: December 15, 2017, 3:12 pm

German teenager says she was 'idiot' for joining Isil, in first interview since captureA German teenage girl has said she was an “idiot” for joining Islamic State and the decision has wrecked her future, in her first interview since her arrest by Iraqi forces in Mosul.   Linda Wenzel, 17, claimed her escape was a “stupid idea” but showed little remorse in the first meeting with her family since she left her hometown of Pulsnitz in Saxony for Syria in July last year.  Linda was briefly reunited with her mother Katharina and sister Miriam, who were allowed to visit her at the Palace of Justice in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.  A video of the meeting shows Linda, who is currently being held in prison while she awaits trial, wearing a flowery headscarf sporting round cheeks. She appears hesitant at first and pauses for a few seconds before finally embracing her mother, who hands her a stuffed toy.  Linda embraces her mother in Baghdad Credit: Weltspeigel Extra She told her mother: “I do not know, how I came up with the stupid idea to go to the Islamic State. I have ruined my life.” Speaking about why she left home, she said there were problems with her family at that time. After deciding to convert to Islam she felt rejected by her parents and friends at school.  “You could have talked about it,” her mother told her daughter in the meeting. “I couldn’t talk to you,” Linda replied. “You said you didn’t accept that I had joined Islam." Linda's mother hands the teenager a stuffed toy Credit: Weltspiegel Extra  Linda said she then fell in love with a Chechen man online and he convinced her to travel to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s so-called caliphate in Syria.  She said she watched Isil videos, “which were so rosy – where men and their wives and children wandered together through parks … they baked bread together. It was like being in another world.” She travelled on her mother’s documents to Turkey. From there she says she was married to the man, whose full name she does not know. She called him Mohammed, but said: “I don’t know (his surname), something Chechen.” Linda Wenzel on the day she was capture in Mosul by Iraqi forces Credit: Social media The marriage was conducted in Turkey before Linda had even met her fiance. He was on the phone from Syria with a witness. She described the wedding as underwhelming: “There was so ceremony, no party,” she said.  She said she mostly cooked and cleaned the apartment for her new husband. “We didn’t talk much, he came home, then...yes, I cooked, always cooked, and cleaned the apartment,” she recalled.  She said spent most of the time with other women and helped look after their children, moving between the cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.  “Personally, I would not have been able to handle children,” she said. "I kept busy with myself. Trying not to go mad when you hear a bomb somewhere and the shrapnel falls on the roof. “Why did you come here, you idiot?” she asked herself.  Iraqi security forces film as they apprehend Linda Wenzel earlier this year in the Iraqi city of Mosul She lamented that none of the other women spoke German, which made it difficult to communicate.  Her husband was later killed in an air strike and she was left alone in a foreign land.  In January 2017 she sent a message to her mother saying: “My husband is dead because of you. Because you pay for the bombs here with your taxes.”  She called German intelligence “dogs” and praised the Berlin terror attacker Anis Amri, who carried out last year’s lorry attack on a Christmas market. Her case became known after she was photographed being dragged out of the ruins of Mosul by Iraqi security forces near the end of the battle to liberate the city in July. Iraqi security sources told the Telegraph Linda had been trained as a sniper and was found with a gun.  However, she claimed that while she was brainwashed by the jihadists, she never touched a weapon: “I don’t know how such a thing works”, she said.  Linda said she was an "idiot" for traveling to Syria to join Isil Credit: Weltspiegel Extra Next month, she will face trial in Baghdad, where she stands accused of being a member of a terrorist organisation. Iraqi authorities have so far refused to extradite her to Germany. “I've ruined my life with this. I can only recover from my physical injuries,” she said, referring to wounds caused by air strikes. “I’ve wrecked my future. In Germany everyone knows me, everyone knows what I look like, I can’t go anywhere without being recognised. I probably won’t even find a job and everyone will say, we will employ her anyway.” Now, she just wants to return with her family to Germany. “I'm done with Iraq,” she said. 

Posted: December 15, 2017, 3:10 pm

Trump Says Roy Moore Should Concede Senate Race To Doug JonesPresident Donald Trump said Friday that Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore should concede this week’s election to Democrat Doug Jones. “He tried,” Trump, who had endorsed Moore, told reporters outside the White House. Trump says GOP candidate Roy Moore should concede the Alabama special election.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 2:58 pm

Donald Trump On Potential Michael Flynn Pardon: 'We'll See What Happens'President Donald Trump refused to say if he’d consider pardoning former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying, “We’ll see what happens.”

Posted: December 15, 2017, 2:55 pm

UN Syria talks in doubt as Russia takes on dealmaker roleThe failure of Syria peace talks this week has cast doubt over UN efforts to mediate a solution to the country's devastating war, while regime backer Russia has emerged as a key dealmaker, analysts say. UN mediator Staffan de Mistura acknowledged that "real negotiations" never took place during the eighth round of talks. "I am disappointed," he said, blaming the Syrian government for refusing to enter into dialogue and calling the round "a golden opportunity missed".

Posted: December 15, 2017, 2:41 pm

'All Dogs Can Smell Marijuana, But Only A Few Of Them Are Snitches'Separated from their cellphones, standing under running water often allows people’s minds to run free.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 2:22 pm

Ryan Zinke Fires 4 Department Of Interior Employees For HarassmentInterior 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.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 2:13 pm

SitRep: Trump and Putin Chat; White House Staffers Rip Into Tillerson and McMasterChina keeps building islands, U.S. Army takes a hard looks at its Mosul operation

Posted: December 15, 2017, 12:48 pm

Catalan election to return hung parliament: pollBy Sonya Dowsett MADRID (Reuters) - An election in Catalonia will fail to conclusively resolve a political crisis over an independence drive in the region, the final surveys before the Dec. 21 vote showed on Friday. The ballot will result in a hung parliament, a Metroscopia poll showed, with parties favoring unity with Spain tipped to gain a maximum of 62 seats and pro-secession factions 63, both short of a majority in the region's 135-seat legislature. Spain's worst political crisis since its transition to democracy four decades ago erupted in October, when Madrid cracked down on an independence referendum it had declared illegal and took control of the wealthy northeastern region.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 12:37 pm

Report: Music Promoter Offered To Set Up Putin, Trump Meeting During CampaignA British music promoter offered to set up a meeting for then-candidate Donald Trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the presidential campaign, according to The Washington Post.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 12:14 pm

Hong Kong 'milkshake murderer' challenges life sentenceAmerican 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.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 10:42 am

AP PHOTOS: Best of 2017 for the Middle EastIn 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.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:33 am

Australia's Child Sex Abuse Commission Exposes National Tragedy Of Systemic ViolenceSYDNEY ― Australia’s 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.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:25 am

Florida UPS Delivery Man Steals Package off PorchPolice delivered Jason Mohn to prison and charged him with grand theft.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 5:00 am

China Is Still Building on Disputed Islands in the South China SeaTensions over China’s island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 4:01 am

Trump Delivers A Favor For The Fast-Food IndustryPresident Donald Trump’s picks for the National Labor Relations Board overturned a major precedent from the Obama years Thursday, delivering a blow to labor unions and a big win to McDonald’s and other large corporations.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 3:17 am

Is America Negotiating with the Islamic State?On January 28, 2017, months after then-candidate Donald Trump vowed to wipe the Islamic State off the face of the earth and bomb the group into smithereens, the businessman-turned-president issued a presidential memorandum ordering Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, in consultation with other national security cabinet members, to submit to the White House a comprehensive war plan within thirty days. The president’s memo was as clear as a glass house: "It is the policy of the United States that ISIS be defeated.” It was the Pentagon’s duty to report back with a strategy that would accelerate the military campaign and bring the United States closer to that objective.

Posted: December 15, 2017, 1:47 am

Dustin Hoffman Allegedly Exposed Himself To A Minor, Assaulted 2 WomenDustin Hoffman faces major accusations in a Variety report published Friday that alleges he exposed himself to a 16-year-old classmate of his daughter’s in 1980 and assaulted two other women while working on 1987′s “Ishtar.”

Posted: December 15, 2017, 12:00 am

Arpaio accused of trumping up charges in dog deaths casePHOENIX (AP) — Jurors at a malicious-prosecution trial against former metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio were told Thursday in closing arguments that the lawman brought a trumped-up criminal case against one of Sen. Jeff Flake's sons to garner publicity for himself.

Posted: December 14, 2017, 11:38 pm

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