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Cops Won't Charge Students Accused Of Making Cookies With Human AshesTwo students accused of baking cookies with human ashes and feeding them to

Posted: October 16, 2018, 8:57 pm

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Prices Start Under $30,000 but Get Expensive QuicklyThe "Blazer" is back, although it's not what you might have been expecting.

Posted: October 16, 2018, 6:49 pm

Democrat has edge in expensive Kentucky congressional raceFRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In Kentucky's 6th Congressional District, where President Donald Trump won by more than 15 percentage points in 2016, Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr has raised more than $4 million for his re-election.

Posted: October 16, 2018, 6:44 pm

Deadly train derailment in MoroccoAt least seven people were killed and about 80 injured when a train was derailed near the Moroccan capital Rabat on Tuesday morning, a medical source said. “Some people lost their arms and legs in the accident,” the medical source there said. Relatives of the victims wept at the hospital.Some cases were treated at the Mohammed V military hospital in Rabat, state news agency MAP reported.

Posted: October 16, 2018, 6:03 pm

Ohio Haunted House Employees Suspended After Allegedly Staging Mock RapeRyan Carr and his girlfriend, Sarah Lelonek, were shocked when the scene unfolded at the Akron haunted house.

Posted: October 16, 2018, 5:46 pm

Top Democratic Super PAC Comes To Bob Menendez’s Rescue In New JerseyThe Senate Democrats' leading super PAC is set to spend $3 million in bright

Posted: October 16, 2018, 4:48 pm

It's slow cooker season: Save $49 on this 3-in-1 model by Cuisinart, on sale at WalmartSome of the best things are worth waiting for.  That's especially true when it comes to food. After all, do you really want to know what pulled pork tastes like when it's been rushed? (Here's a hint: it's not very good.) SEE ALSO: 9 of the best travel coffee mugs for your daily caffeine fix Even simple dishes, like mac and cheese, can become a masterpiece when you take it slow and low. But to pull this off, you're gonna need a great slow cooker. This Cuisinart 4-Quart 3-in-1 Multicooker is available at Walmart for $79.99, which is $49 off the original $129 price tag — and an excellent deal. It features streamlined controls that can easily jump between brown/sauté, slow cook, and steaming at the push of a button. You'll also be able to preset the times and temperatures for each, plus there's a big and bright LCD display to make programming things so much easier. Just imagine how much you'll use this baby come Thanksgiving. Image: Cuisinart Cuisinart 4-Quart 3-in-1 Multicooker Cook Central — $79.99 See Details

Posted: October 16, 2018, 4:31 pm

Larry Nassar Survivors Rail Against New Head Of USA GymnasticsUPDATE: 4:45 p.m. ― Mary Bono announced Tuesday that she is resigning after

Posted: October 16, 2018, 4:28 pm

Police: So far no indication of IS link to Cologne attackBERLIN (AP) — Cologne police are investigating whether extremism was the motivation behind a bloody hostage-taking at the city's main train station, but so far have found no ties to the Islamic State group, authorities said Tuesday.

Posted: October 16, 2018, 3:08 pm

Lindsey Graham Rails Against Saudi Crown Prince: He's A 'Wrecking Ball'Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday that he'll never

Posted: October 16, 2018, 3:08 pm

Lyft Pushes Subscription Service for the Monthly Price of a New CarStrictly for the city dweller who must be a passenger at all costs.

Posted: October 16, 2018, 2:48 pm

Police officer accused of sexually assaulting woman during traffic stopPolice announced the officer, Ryan Macklin, was taken into custody this evening and is now facing five charges including first- and second-degree rape and second-degree assault.

Posted: October 16, 2018, 1:15 pm

Trump calls Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas' again after she reveals DNA resultsPresident Trump on Tuesday revived his nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who released a DNA test showing evidence she has Native American ancestry.

Posted: October 16, 2018, 12:58 pm

Mega Millions and Powerball Jackpots Are Just Shy of $1 Billion CombinedAre you feeling lucky? 

Posted: October 16, 2018, 12:31 pm

In Senate race, GOP Rep. Blackburn accuses her opponent of being a DemocratIn the Tennessee Senate race, Rep. Marsha Blackburn has struggled to hold on to GOP moderates who lean toward her Democratic rival, Phil Bredesen.

Posted: October 16, 2018, 11:47 am

Nearly 10 Percent of America's Stealth F-22 Raptors are Damaged. Here's Why.One reason: a hurricane. 

Posted: October 16, 2018, 11:39 am

The theory is dubious - but blaming Jamal Khashoggi's death on a botched interrogation is a convenient way outFor the first 13 days of Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, Saudi Arabia held fast to its official position: We had no involvement; he left the consulate safely; any suggestion we are responsible is a political smear.  But last night things began to shift. Under intense pressure from Washington and business leaders around the world, Riyadh now appears to be preparing to acknowledge that Mr Khashoggi was in fact killed inside the consulate.  The narrative they plan to present, according to the New York Times, is that the Saudi government ordered its operatives to interrogate Mr Khashoggi but that something went wrong and the journalist was accidentally killed.  Panicked spies then reportedly hid his body and launched a cover-up, unbeknownst to Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and country's de facto leader. The person who will be blamed is described as “a Saudi intelligence official who was a friend of the crown prince”.    The explanation has a clear appeal: it allows Saudi Arabia to concede (in the face of what appears to be overwhelming Turkish evidence) that Mr Khashoggi was killed, but shields the crown prince from responsibility.  The new Saudi narrative would protect Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince Credit: REUTERS/Amir Levy/File Photo However, there are major holes in the story.  Among the 15-strong Saudi “hit team” who reportedly flew into Istanbul on private jets the day of Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance was a man named Salah Muhammed al-Tubaigy.  Mr Tubaigy is understood to be a Saudi forensic expert, who specialises in gathering DNA from crime scenes and dissecting bodies. He reportedly stayed in Istanbul until 11pm on October 2, the day the journalist vanished, long enough to supervise a clean up at the consulate.  Turkish officials have also claimed the Saudis brought a bone saw with them from Riyadh, raising questions about the claim that Mr Khashoggi  was supposed to live.    The new narrative also presents the cover up as a hasty act of panic after a terrible mistake.  Mr Khashoggi entered the consulate at 1.14pm. Less than two hours later diplomatic vans left the scene. Credit: CCTV/Hurriyet via AP That is not how it looks from the outside. Turkish CCTV shows that Mr Khashoggi entered the consulate at 1.14pm. At 3.08pm - less than two hours later - a convoy of Saudi diplomatic vehicles, believed to be carrying his body - left the consulate and drove the short distance to the consul-general’s residence.  Turkish media reported that Saudi drivers rehearsed the maneuvre the day before, apparently making sure that the large black vans would fit inside the consul-general’s garage.  By that evening, it was all over and the 15 Saudis had departed from Turkey. Mr Khashoggi remains missing two weeks later. But for all the problems with the “rogue killers” line, it may still be the most convenient one for the US and Turkey to swallow.  Neither country is looking for a high-level diplomatic confrontation with Riyadh and both countries have strong incentives to agree a version of events that absolves Crown Prince Mohammed.  A Turkish forensic police officer shoots video in a room of the Saudi Arabia's Consulate Credit: (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) Turkey’s economy is brittle and foreign investors have been shying away as they watch Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, centralise power and pursue unorthodox economic theories.  If Turkey lets Riyadh off the hook over Mr Khashoggi’s death, it may expect Saudi loans and investments to start flowing its way.    Meanwhile, Washington has invested heavily in its relationship with Saudi Arabia and especially in the crown prince, who has been presented as a modernising reformer.  Donald Trump claims to have rallied the Islamic world against terrorism and hopes that the Saudis will pressure the Palestinians into accepting his Middle East plan.  All of that becomes much more difficult if the US accuses the crown prince of involvement in Mr Khashoggi’s death. An explanation that exonerates Mohammed bin Salman may be the White House’s best chance of getting through the Khashoggi saga without derailing US-Saudi relations.    The “rogue killers” theory may be riddled with holes. But it may also be the story that the White House decides to believe. 

Posted: October 16, 2018, 10:48 am

Thai police dismiss British woman's rape allegationBANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand said Tuesday that they have dismissed a 19-year-old British tourist's claim that she was raped on a Thai resort island after their investigation revealed no supporting evidence.

Posted: October 16, 2018, 7:18 am

Why the Air Force's Mighty F-22 Raptor Fleet Is In Serious TroubleAll thanks to one storm. 

Posted: October 16, 2018, 7:00 am

Trump restrictions aside, American Airlines boosts profile in CubaAmerican Airlines announced Monday that it would offer more daily flights to Cuba, by 2019, despite US restrictions on Americans traveling to that country. "We have recently started a fifth daily flight between Havana and Miami, and next year (in May) we will inaugurate a new daily flight between Miami and Santiago de Cuba, our sixth destination in the country," Ramon Jimenez, AA's manager in Cuba, said in a statement. The airline currently has 10 flights a day to the island, half of which are between Miami and Havana.

Posted: October 16, 2018, 3:52 am

Aly Raisman Joins Chorus of Criticism Against New USA Gymnastics Head"Why hire someone associated with the firm that helped cover up our abuse?"

Posted: October 16, 2018, 12:02 am

Saudi considers admitting Khashoggi died in botched op: reportsSaudi Arabia is considering an admission that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died during an interrogation that went wrong, US media reported on Monday. Khashoggi, a Saudi national and US resident who became increasingly critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not been seen since he walked into the kingdom's Istanbul consulate to sort out marriage paperwork on October 2. Turkish officials have said they believe he was killed, a claim Saudi Arabia denies.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 10:48 pm

Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder, Dead At 65Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks and

Posted: October 15, 2018, 10:16 pm

Think tanks reconsider Saudi support amid Khashoggi controversyThe push to disassociate from Saudi Arabia has proven complex for Washington’s most prominent public policy institutions.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 7:31 pm

Alyssa Milano Marks 1 Year Of Me Too With Heart-Wrenching Message To Her DaughterAlyssa Milano shared a powerful and emotional message for her 4-year-old

Posted: October 15, 2018, 6:30 pm

'Cornerstore Caroline' Breaks Her Silence After Falsely Accusing Black Boy of Groping HerShe thought the 9-year-old had groped her, but it was actually the child's backpack that brushed up against her.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 6:12 pm

Video of city commissioner shooting man released by policeSurveillance footage shows Lakeland City Commissioner Michael Dunn fatally shooting a man at a military surplus store in Florida.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 5:57 pm

Recovery of Nepal climbers delayed by mountain's remotenessKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers hampered by difficult, remote terrain took two days to recover the bodies of nine climbers, including one of the world's best, who hoped to map a new route to a Himalayan peak in Nepal that hasn't been scaled in eight years.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 5:42 pm

GOP plays blame game while fighting to save House majorityRepublicans have begun to concede defeat in the evolving fight to preserve the House majority.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 5:34 pm

Aerion's supersonic business jet to meet U.S. noise standardsAerion Supersonic, the developer of a $120 million supersonic business jet, said on Monday it would be able to take off and land without regulatory changes in the United States, a potential boost to efforts to bring back faster air travel. General Electric's GE Aviation unit has completed initial designs for the new Affinity turbofan engine, which will be used in Aerion's AS2 jet, the companies said on the eve of the world's largest business jet show. "We're on track to fly in 2023, and before that year is out cross the Atlantic at supersonic speed, which will be the first supersonic crossing since the Concorde's retirement 20 years earlier," Aerion chief executive Tom Vice said ahead of the Oct. 16-18 NBAA event in Orlando, Florida.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 5:25 pm

Sears Didn't 'Die.' Vulture Capitalists Killed It.If you've been following the impending bankruptcy of America's iconic retailer

Posted: October 15, 2018, 5:19 pm

Facing doubts from women voters, Tennessee’s Phil Bredesen opens up about his wife's kidnappingThe centrist Democrat speaks out about his wife's kidnapping, explaining that protecting women is very personal to him.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 5:16 pm

Proud Boys Street Gang Had A Weekend Of Coast-To-Coast ViolenceFor one weekend, a violent misogynistic and homophobic street gang of proto-

Posted: October 15, 2018, 5:00 pm

NRATV Host On 'Fox & Friends': Alec Baldwin's A 'Deranged Lunatic' For GOP RemarksSpeaking to "Fox & Friends" Monday, NRATV host Dan Bongino called Alec Baldwin

Posted: October 15, 2018, 4:55 pm

28-year-old woman dies after being shot while driving in GeorgiaAspiring model Kelsey Quayle died after a head-on traffic collision that occurred after she sustained a gunshot wound while driving.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 4:52 pm

Donald Trump Denies Making Charity Pledge Tied To Elizabeth Warren DNA TestAnother day, another broken promise from President Donald Trump.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 4:45 pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee's Only 4 Women Reflect On Kavanaugh's ConfirmationThe only four female members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are angry that

Posted: October 15, 2018, 4:05 pm

Hurricane Michael adds to hardship of Florida's poorLYNN HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Mary Frances Parrish is expecting to be without electricity for several weeks, or roughly the same time the terminally ill son she's caring for is expected to live.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 3:48 pm

UK PM says still believes Brexit deal is 'achievable'British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday she still believes a Brexit deal is "achievable", despite talks with the European Union becoming deadlocked on the issue of the Irish border. "I continue to believe that a negotiated deal is the best outcome for the UK and for the EU. The sticking point is how to keep open the land border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Britain leaves the bloc's single market and customs union.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 3:15 pm

Michigan Woman Learns Mom Survived Hurricane Michael After Seeing TV News Interview"Once I saw her, I started crying," Casey Stacey said.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 3:03 pm

US midterm elections 2018 poll tracker: Who will win the Congress?On November 6, America will go to the polls to elect members for each of the 435 House seats and 35 of the 100 Senate seats in Congress. Donald Trump and the Republicans will hope to maintain their majority in both houses during the midterm elections, but with the Democrats having a healthy lead in the polls, it is believed that they have a decent chance of taking the House of Representatives. A Democrat victory in either chamber would grant powers to open investigations into President Trump, so the stakes are high. The latest polling and forecasts indicate that Donald Trump and the Republicans could hold onto both houses, although the House of Representatives looks the more likely to fall to the Democrats. But the Republican president, who has faced tough weeks after his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight charges in his fraud trial, is reportedly planning 40 days of campaigning for the elections, and so the polls are likely to move further before election day. US mid term elections header General ballot between Republicans and Democrats The latest polls show that the Democrats are around eight percentage points ahead of the Republicans, standing at an average of 47.1 per cent compared to the Republicans’ 40 per cent. This is an average of the last eight polls, and has indicated a consistent lead for the Democrats on a national level. While the Democrats are ahead in the general ballot, both the House of Representatives and the Senate are decided by a series of local elections, which means that the Republicans may still hold both houses. The Democrats need 24 seats to flip the House of Representatives, and two to flip the Senate. But to make matters harder, the Democrats are defending 26 of the 35 seats up for election in the Senate this time. US mid term elections poll tracker House of Representatives forecast: Democrats knocking on the door Of the 435 seats up for re-election in the House of Representatives, the Democrats need to flip 24 seats - something that should be within reach for the party. The latest forecast, from the Cook Report, has the Democrats on a likely 205 seats and the Republicans on 199. This means that the remaining 31 "toss-up" seats, which are too close to call, will be incredibly important for the outcome of the election. House of Representatives forecast Senate forecast: A tough Republican nut to crack Only needing two seats to take the Senate, it would at first seem that the Democrats should be able to take control. But there is an issue with this: Of the 35 seats up for election, 26 are currently defended by the Democrats. That means that the Democrats need to claim two seats from the remaining eight Republican-defended seats. According to the Cook Report forecast, this seems unlikely, as there are only 45 seats that are marked as "leaning" Democrat or stronger. To claim a majority, the party would have to pick up a further six seats that are either toss-ups or leaning towards the Republicans Senate forecast Key seats to watch In the 2016 presidential election, Trump won big in rural and working class communities. This helped him flip - albeit with small margins - traditionally Democrat states in the rust belt, including Wisconsin and Michigan.  If the Democrats are to have hope of taking the House of Representatives from the Republicans, they need to ensure that they retain seats in these areas, before moving onto Republican territory in others. US cartogram map - House seat forecasts A series of both Republican and Democrat seats are currently classed as a "toss-up" by the Cook Report, indicating that there could be turnovers for both parts in the mid terms. The Republicans will hope to hold onto their under siege seats in places like Tennessee and West Virginia, while making inroads in Democrat areas that Trump claimed with huge majorites in the 2016 presidential election. Seats in Indiana and North Dakota are among those places where the Republicans will hope that Trump's base will help them flip seats.  Key seats to watch in the Senate Does President Trump's approval rating matter? Donald Trump's approval ratings are at relatively healthy and stable levels as the mid-terms according to The Telegraph's poll tracker. The tracker, which takes an average of the last eight polls, puts Trump's approval rating on 41 per cent in mid-September.  While this level is quite high for Trump, it is relatively low for sitting presidents - and this is important, as presidential approval ratings are a good indicator of net losses at mid term elections.  Only two presidents - Truman (1946 and 1950), and Bush (2006) - had a lower approval rating than Trump when going into their respective mid term elections. All three of these ended up losing over 28 seats in the House of Representatives and over five in the Senate. Presidential approval matters, and Trump’s is lower than most The Telegraph's poll tracker takes an average of the last eight polls in order to take a  full picture of the broad movements in the polling environment and not put too much weight on individual polls. Polls used are nationally representative with adequate sample sizes.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 3:03 pm

Flash floods tear through southwestern FranceFlash floods tore through towns in southwest France, turning waterways into raging torrents that killed at least 13 people, nine of them in just one town, authorities said Monday. The rains that swept in from the Mediterranean killed nine people there, Interior Ministry spokesman Frederic de Lanouvelle said. He told BFMTV that the floods in the Aude region also killed four other people in other locations, left one person missing and seriously injured five others.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 3:02 pm

Chinese ambassador says dealing with Donald Trump is 'very confusing'Foreign diplomats based in Washington find dealing with Donald Trump's inner circle "very confusing", the Chinese ambassador to the United States revealed yesterday (Sunday). Cui Tiankai said he had spoken with ambassadors to other nations who also share his concerns about the difficulty of working with top members of the administration. During an interview with US TV, he said it was often hard to know who was in charge of what. "Honestly, I’ve been talking to ambassadors of other countries in Washington, DC, and this is also part of their problem," said Ambassador Tiankai. "They don’t know who is the final decision-maker. Of course, presumably, the president will take the final decision, but who is playing what role? Sometimes it could be very confusing." His comments came as tensions over trade tariffs between the two super powers reach fever pitch and ahead of a likely meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Mr Trump at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina next month. The ambassador also described the presence of US warships in the South China Seas as being "on the offensive" after a destroyer almost collided with an aggressive Chinese military vessel earlier this month. He said: "Where the incident took place, you were right to say it was in South China Sea. So it’s at China’s doorstep.  "It’s not Chinese warships that are going to the coast of California, or to the Gulf of Mexico. It’s so close to the Chinese islands and it’s so close to the Chinese coast. So who is on the offensive? Who is on the defensive? This is very clear." And on Mr Trump's accusations that China routinely steals the intellectual property of Americans, the high-ranking diplomat said: "I think all of these accusations about how China has developed are groundless and not fair to the Chinese people."

Posted: October 15, 2018, 2:43 pm

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Posted: October 15, 2018, 2:26 pm

Germany deports man convicted over 9/11 terror attack 17 years after atrocityGermany has deported a Moroccan man who acted as a "book-keeper" for the 9/11 terrorists, 17 years after the deadly attacks. Mounir el Motassadeq, a member of a terrorist organisation known as the called "Hamburg cell", was imprisoned in 2006 after he was convicted of aiding lead hijacker Mohamed Atta and two other al-Qaeda extremists by paying their tuition and rent to keep the pretence that they were students. Almost 3,000 people were killed when two hijacked planes were flown into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 1:45 pm

Palestinian tries to stab Israeli soldier, shot dead: armyA Palestinian was shot dead Monday after trying to stab an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank, the army said. An Israeli military statement said the man who tried to attack the soldier near the Jewish settlement of Ariel was shot and killed. A series of deadly incidents have increased tensions in the West Bank this month.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 1:20 pm

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Posted: October 15, 2018, 12:00 pm

Palestinian shot dead trying to stab Israeli soldier - militaryIsraeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab one of them in the occupied West Bank on Monday, the military said. "A Palestinian attempted to stab a soldier at the site. Israel's Shin Bet internal security service said the assailant, whom it did not name, was a resident of the West Bank village of Biddya and had no record of anti-Israeli activity.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 11:36 am

'Give Me My Phone Back, Senator:' GOP's David Perdue Snatches Device From StudentGeorgia Sen. David Perdue (R) reportedly grabbed a cell phone from a

Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:54 am

US Air Force optimistic on hurricane-hit fighter jetsThe United States Air Force said Sunday that a group of F-22 stealth fighters left behind at a base to ride out Hurricane Michael were intact but it was too soon to say whether all of them would fly again. Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida was hit by the Category 4 storm on October 10 and suffered extensive damage, with some hangars partially stripped of their roofs, according to official footage of the coastal facility. Numerous reports had speculated on the fate of an unspecified number of the ultra-advanced fifth-generation fighter jets that could not be flown out to safe havens due to maintenance or safety reasons.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 4:10 am

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