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  • Report: Tillerson Snubbing Ivanka Trump's India Trip Amid Tensions

    Report: Tillerson Snubbing Ivanka Trump's India Trip Amid TensionsSecretary of State Rex Tillerson isn’t sending a top delegation to accompany Ivanka Trump to a business summit in India because he doesn’t want to promote her on the world stage, a State Department source has told CNN.




  • What If Japan Had Never Attacked Pearl Harbor?

    What If Japan Had Never Attacked Pearl Harbor?Suppose Robert E. Lee had laid hands on a shipment of AK-47s in 1864. How would American history have unfolded? Change a major variable, especially in a fanciful way—for instance, positing that machine-gun-toting Confederates took the field against Ulysses S. Grant’s army at the Battle of the Wilderness—and the same fate befalls you.




  • Hunter Fatally Shoots Woman He Mistook For A Deer On Thanksgiving Eve

    Hunter Fatally Shoots Woman He Mistook For A Deer On Thanksgiving EveA woman in western New York state has died in a tragic accident in which a hunter fired at her, thinking she was a deer.




  • Teen Accusing 2 NYPD Officers Of Rape Was Bullied By Others At Hospital, Lawyer Says

    Teen Accusing 2 NYPD Officers Of Rape Was Bullied By Others At Hospital, Lawyer SaysAn 18-year-old woman was allegedly harassed at a hospital by several members of the New York Police Department just hours after she was allegedly raped by two of their colleagues, according to her lawyer.




  • US already has 2,000 troops in Syria, Pentagon set to reveal

    US already has 2,000 troops in Syria, Pentagon set to revealThe Pentagon is likely to announce in the coming days that there are about 2,000 U troops in Syria, two US officials said on Friday, as the military acknowledges that an accounting system for troops has under-reported the size of forces on the ground. The US military had earlier publicly said it had around 500 troops in Syria, mostly supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces group of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting Islamic State in the north of the country. Two US officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Pentagon could, as early as Monday, publicly announce that there are slightly more than 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria.




  • Canadian dog walker survives three days in remote bush - thanks to her three dogs

    Canadian dog walker survives three days in remote bush - thanks to her three dogsA Canadian dog walker has said she was able to survive for more than two days in the wilderness thanks to her pet border collie, boxer and beagle. Annette Poitras, 56, was out walking her dogs on Monday when she fell, injuring herself and losing her phone in remote British Columbia. She was not rescued until Wednesday afternoon, after an extensive search from a rescue team. Her husband Marcel said the three dogs, which did not leave her side during the ordeal, helped to keep her alive. Annette Poitras, could not have survived over two days in the wilderness without the help of her dogs Credit: Coquitlam Search and Rescue Mr Poitras said that his wife and the dogs - a border collie called Chloe, a boxer named Roxy, and Bubba, a pug-beagle mix - looked after each other over two days and two nights, with no supplies and periods of "torrential" rain. He said his wife used her coat to keep Roxy, the short-haired boxer, warm and took her lead from the dogs who dug a hole in the undergrowth to sleep in, following suit. "One of them was cuddling [her] and one of them was on guard and the other one was looking for food," he told Global News. Annette Poitras Credit: Coquitlam Search and Rescue None of the dogs left her side, he added. Over 100 rescuers combed the wilderness near Eagle Mountain to try and find Mrs Poitras after her husband reported her missing on Monday. Two helicopters were also used in the search. Eventually, one group of rescuers heard faint cries for help and the dogs' barks and were able to locate them in a remote area. The rescue team said she was "alive and in good condition" quite far into the Coquitlam Watershed and off trail, in dense bush and swamp. Mr Poitras said his wife was recovering and will be released from hospital this week. The couple are looking forward to "quiet, peace, walking dogs, visiting family" now the ordeal is over, he added. 




  • Charles Manson 'left his entire estate and body to prison pen pal' 

    Charles Manson 'left his entire estate and body to prison pen pal' Charles Manson reportedly left his entire estate, including his remains, to a prison pen pal. The murderous cult leader, who died last week aged 83, struck up a friendship with a male correspondent who first wrote to him in the 1990s, TMZ reported. The man reportedly sent 50 unanswered letters to Manson at the California State Prison until he eventually received a reply. Manson then talked to him by telephone and the pen pal started visiting him in jail starting in 2002. According to a yellowing will obtained by TMZ, and dated Feb 14, 2002, Manson left all his belongings, including his clothes and money, to the pen pal. Manson also left to the man rights to use his name and image, and control of songs he had written. The pen pal, who TMZ did not name, also had the right to claim Manson's body within 10 days of his death, and told the news website that he intended to do so. If he does not claim it then the killer will be cremated by the California prison system. According to the will Manson chose specifically to disinherit his known and unknown children, former wives, all relatives, friends, and lawyers. The pen pal said he last spoke to Manson by phone on Oct 21 The will was typed but included some scrawled handwriting, which appeared to match Manson's known style. It included the message: "I'm not in the best spot to rest in peace." The will was said to have been witnessed by one of Manson's fellow inmates. Charles Manson Credit: AP Manson spent his last 45 years in jail after sending followers known as the "Manson Family" to commit gruesome murders,  In the summer of 1969 he directed his mostly young, female followers to murder seven people in what prosecutors said was part of a plan to incite a race war. Among the victims was actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski. She was stabbed 16 times by cult members. A section of the will said Charles Manson, Prisoner B33920, wished to have his body released to the custody of the pen pal who was "my one and only executor of any services, viewings, funeral arrangements, or otherwise, in his judgment OF MY WISHES only". Manson also said that he was "of a sound mind".




  • Russia takes Tokyo to task over defense alliance with Washington

    Russia takes Tokyo to task over defense alliance with WashingtonRussia is concerned that Japan is allowing Washington to use its territory as a base for a U.S. military build-up in north Asia under the pretext of countering North Korea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.




  • Shirtless Woman in the Path of Oncoming Train Rescued by Police in Pulse-Pounding Video

    Shirtless Woman in the Path of Oncoming Train Rescued by Police in Pulse-Pounding VideoIt remains unclear how the woman wound up on the train tracks in a state of undress.




  • North Korea replaces soldiers, South Korea awards medals after defector's border dash

    North Korea replaces soldiers, South Korea awards medals after defector's border dashNorth Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier defected last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in the defector's rescue.




  • Black Friday Shoppers Report Massive Credit Card System Issues At Macy's (UPDATED)

    Black Friday Shoppers Report Massive Credit Card System Issues At Macy's (UPDATED)As if Black Friday weren’t already stressful enough for shoppers and retail employees, major department store chain Macy’s appears to be experiencing credit and debit card system failures around the United States.




  • Two London Underground stations reopen after terrorist-incident scare

    Two London Underground stations reopen after terrorist-incident scareTwo London underground stations on Oxford Street have reopened after an incident that police initially treated as if it might be terrorist-related, the city's transport authority said on Friday.




  • Mexico Creates Pacific Marine Sanctuary To Protect Its 'Crown Jewel'

    Mexico Creates Pacific Marine Sanctuary To Protect Its 'Crown Jewel'WASHINGTON — Mexico has joined a growing global effort to safeguard the world’s oceans with the creation of a marine reserve surrounding Revillagigedo Archipelago, a chain of four volcanic islands off the country’s Pacific coast.




  • Woman Raises Over $300,000 For Homeless Man Who Gave Her His Last $20

    Woman Raises Over $300,000 For Homeless Man Who Gave Her His Last $20After her car ran out of gas on a dark New Jersey highway last month, Kate McClure pulled over and tried to walk to the nearest gas station on foot.




  • Where To Donate To Help Sexual Assault Survivors This Holiday Weekend

    Where To Donate To Help Sexual Assault Survivors This Holiday WeekendAs you’re thinking about the things you’re grateful for and gearing up for some holiday shopping this Thanksgiving weekend, consider setting aside some funds to support a charitable cause.




  • Man Plans To Launch Himself In Homemade Rocket Funded By Flat-Earthers

    Man Plans To Launch Himself In Homemade Rocket Funded By Flat-EarthersA self-taught rocket engineer who claims he believes the earth is flat plans to launch himself nearly 2,000 feet in the air on a homemade steam rocket this Saturday.




  • Man Shot at Mall, as Hunt for Black Friday Deals Takes Violent Turn

    Man Shot at Mall, as Hunt for Black Friday Deals Takes Violent TurnA 19-year-old man was shot in a car in Columbia, Mo. Thursday night.




  • Amazon workers in Germany, Italy hold 'Black Friday' strike

    Amazon workers in Germany, Italy hold 'Black Friday' strikeWorkers at Amazon's distribution centres in Germany and Italy went on strike to demand better pay and conditions in a protest timed to disrupt the online retailer's 'Black Friday' sales bonanza. Some 2,000 Amazon employees walked off the job at six sites in Germany, the giant services sector union Verdi said, vowing to continue the industrial action on Saturday. In Berlin, several hundred demonstrators took to the streets against the US online giant, carrying signs that read "Block Black Friday" and "Make Amazon pay -- we are more than robots or data".




  • 'A Country Within a Country': Inside the Navajo Nation in 1948

    'A Country Within a Country': Inside the Navajo Nation in 1948"How can nations which differ from each other in appearance and language and culture live peaceably together?"




  • Saudi Crown Prince calls Iran leader 'new Hitler': NYT

    Saudi Crown Prince calls Iran leader 'new Hitler': NYTSaudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince called the Supreme Leader of Iran "the new Hitler of the Middle East" in an interview with the New York Times published on Thursday, sharply escalating the war of words between the arch-rivals. Mohammed bin Salman, who is also Saudi defense minister in the U.S.-allied kingdom, suggested the Islamic Republic's alleged expansion under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei needed to be confronted.




  • Colin Kaepernick joins Native Americans for UnThanksgiving Day protest on Alcatraz

    Colin Kaepernick joins Native Americans for UnThanksgiving Day protest on AlcatrazColin Kaepernick, the American football star whose “kneeling protest” sparked a national debate, has travelled to Alcatraz Island to join Native Americans protesting the “genocide” they say is represented by Thanksgiving Day. The 30-year-old made a surprise visit to the site of the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary to join indigenous people who occupied the island off the coast of San Francisco between 1969 and 1971. Since then, there has been an annual sunrise gathering to highlight the deadly, destructive impact on indigenous people of the arrival in America of European colonisers more than 400 years ago.




  • EU blames Russia for death of 5 in eastern Ukraine

    EU blames Russia for death of 5 in eastern UkraineBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday blamed Russia for the deaths of at least five troops in eastern Ukraine in what appears to be the worst outburst of violence in months.




  • Search ends for 3 US sailors missing in Navy aircraft crash

    Search ends for 3 US sailors missing in Navy aircraft crashA search ended Friday for three sailors missing in the Philippine Sea since a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed two days earlier, the navy said.




  • Pope decries fomenting fear of migrants for political gain

    Pope decries fomenting fear of migrants for political gainVATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis decried as worrisome those who whip up fear of migrants for political gain as he urged people Friday to view global migration as a peace-building opportunity and not as a threat.




  • The Best Chance To Defeat Roy Moore May Be For The Democratic Party To Lie Low

    The Best Chance To Defeat Roy Moore May Be For The Democratic Party To Lie LowDemocrats are salivating at the chance to pick up a Senate seat in the Deep South.




  • Russia's New Stealth Torpedoes Have a Neat Trick: They Can Pretend to Be Giant Fish

    Russia's New Stealth Torpedoes Have a Neat Trick: They Can Pretend to Be Giant FishThis is what U.S. ship captains will scream too late, if Russia has its way. Russia is promising to develop smart mini-torpedoes that are noiseless, leave no wake—and creep through the water at two to three miles per hour. The project is still in the conceptual stage, Aliyev told Russian news agency RIA Novosti [Google English translation here].




  • Six-year-olds show off bloody hunting trophies after minimum age scrapped in Wisconsin

    Six-year-olds show off bloody hunting trophies after minimum age scrapped in WisconsinGovernor Scott Walker announced the change, in Wisconsin, which allows a youngster of any age to head into the wild to shoot game such as deer as long as they are in the care of an adult. Governor Walker revealed the shake-up in the rules just days before the state's new hunting season began. Locals head into the northern forests for days on end to kill animals including deer, bears and turkey in what is justified by some as population control.




  • British Black Friday Was Once Again A Wonderfully Civilized Occasion

    British Black Friday Was Once Again A Wonderfully Civilized OccasionShoppers in Britain appear to be shunning the chaos of Black Friday.




  • Argentine sub disaster stirs bitter memories in Russia

    Argentine sub disaster stirs bitter memories in RussiaPresident Vladimir Putin has offered his Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri help in trying to find a submarine that disappeared in the South Atlantic a week ago, and dispatched a Russian military vessel to the scene. In 2000, just a few months after the former KGB officer assumed his presidential duties for the first time, Russia lost a nuclear submarine with all 118 sailors on board following a bungled rescue effort. The loss of the Kursk became the worst disaster in the history of the Russian navy and a huge embarrassment for Putin.




  • Border without doctors? South Koreans urge more funding for trauma care after defector drama

    Border without doctors? South Koreans urge more funding for trauma care after defector dramaBy Josh Smith and Heekyong Yang SEOUL (Reuters) - A defector’s treatment for critical injuries suffered during a dramatic dash from North Korea has highlighted a shortage of South Korean trauma doctors and again underscored Seoul's lack of preparedness in the event of hostilities with Pyongyang. The defector, identified only by his family name of Oh, was shot at least four times by his former comrades during his daring escape into South Korea last week. American military helicopters flew the wounded soldier not to one of the many hospitals in Seoul, closer to the border, but to the Ajou University trauma center an hour south of the capital.




  • Mnangagwa the "Crocodile" to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's president

    Mnangagwa the "Crocodile" to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's presidentBy MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Emmerson Mnangagwa will cap a stunning political comeback when he is sworn in as Zimbabwe's president on Friday, bringing the final curtain down on the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe. Mugabe, 93, who had led Zimbabwe from independence in 1980, stepped down on Tuesday after the army seized power and the ruling ZANU-PF party turned against him. Just two weeks ago, she seemed to have the upper hand after Mugabe fired Mnangagwa on Nov. 6 as vice president for showing "traits of disloyalty".




  • Texas Abortion Restrictions Struck Down As Unconstitutional

    Texas Abortion Restrictions Struck Down As UnconstitutionalA federal judge has struck down Texas restrictions on a common second-trimester abortion procedure, ruling that the law blocks a woman’s constitutionally guaranteed right to an abortion.




  • Japanese politician barred from bringing baby to council session

    Japanese politician barred from bringing baby to council sessionA local Japanese politician has stirred debate after she was forbidden from bringing her baby into a council session. In a case that contrasts starkly with the Australian lawmaker who breastfed her baby in parliament, Yuka Ogata was told she could not take part in the assembly on Wednesday if she had her seven-month-old son with her.  Officials of the Kumamoto municipal assembly said visitors and observers were forbidden from the floor, and that included the young children of politicians. The session eventually started 40 minutes late after Ms Ogata agreed to leave the infant with a friend.  It was the first time Ms Ogata had attended a plenary session since she gave birth to her son, the BBC reported. She said she wanted to show how difficult it was for women to continue careers and bring up children.   Ms. Yuka Ogata (Ogata is her family), one of a few female members of Kumamoto's City Council, has received... https://t.co/Q4KirSrif1— Kumamoto-i (@Kumamotoi) November 23, 2017 "I wanted the assembly to be a place where women who are raising children can also do a great job," she told the Mainichi newspaper. The council said it would discuss ways to support lawmakers who had young children.  "We would like to work on a system where assembly members can participate in meetings with their children," Speaker Yoshitomo Sawada, according to the Mainichi. Her move has sparked debate online with supporters saying she was brave and opponents questioning if it was a good idea to bring a baby to a workplace. "I think her act was wonderful. People wouldn't take problems seriously" if she hadn't shown up with the child, one Twitter user said. "Balancing work and child rearing isn't about being with a child all the time at a workplace," said another user, who identified herself as a fellow working mother. "I really cannot understand her action," wrote this user. Japan has consistently fared poorly in gender equality rankings in the developed world. Women are still often expected to give up work after having children, face chronic shortages of public childcare spots and regularly describe the existence of a “concrete” rather than glass ceiling preventing female workers from advancing to senior positions. So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women & parents in Parli #auspolpic.twitter.com/w34nxWxG0y— Larissa Waters (@larissawaters) May 9, 2017 In contrast, Senator Larissa Waters returned to parliament in Australia in May after giving birth to her second daughter  and brought her baby Alia Joy with her while she voted.  Furthermore, she made political history in the country by breastfeeding her daughter in the chamber. In Britain, an independent review in July last year concluded that allowing women to breastfeed would be "symbolic" and showcase the Commons as a "role-model parent friendly institution".




  • Vietnam prosecutes bank officials in corruption crackdown

    Vietnam prosecutes bank officials in corruption crackdownVietnam has prosecuted five former officials of the unlisted Dong A Bank for violating rules that "lead to serious consequences", police said on Friday, part of a widening investigation involving the Ho Chi Minh City-based lender. Energy and banking firms are at the heart of a sweeping crackdown on corruption in the communist state, a campaign that made global headlines this year when Germany accused Vietnam of kidnapping a Vietnamese businessman in Berlin. The troubled, partly private Dong A Bank is among several lenders under scrutiny of the authorities who say they want to tackle corruption, including abuse of power and violation of lending rules.




  • Al Franken Issues Another Apology: 'I Crossed A Line'

    Al Franken Issues Another Apology: 'I Crossed A Line'issued another apology Thursday after two more women came forward to accuse him of inappropriate touching.




  • Mugabe's successor and the 'poisoned ice cream' plot

    Mugabe's successor and the 'poisoned ice cream' plotOn August 17, the Zimbabwean government issued an official denial that Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was vice president at the time, had eaten ice cream at a political rally. "For the record, the Vice President did not eat ice cream," Information Minister Chris Mushohwe said. "Yes, there was ice cream.




  • Odebrecht reportedly paid millions to ex-Lima mayor

    Odebrecht reportedly paid millions to ex-Lima mayorBrazilian construction firm Odebrecht, enmeshed in a corruption scandal which has shaken Latin America's political establishment, gave millions of dollars to Lima's mayor in a recall referendum, Peruvian media reported Thursday. Susana Villaran, a leftist and the first woman to hold the mayor's post, in 2013 faced the recall vote halfway through her four-year term. Odebrecht's former Peruvian boss Jorge Barata said that his company supported Villaran at her request, according to testimony he reportedly gave prosecutors in Brazil.




  • Man freed decades after double killing that rocked LA suburb

    Man freed decades after double killing that rocked LA suburbSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Simi Valley was a sleepy Southern California suburb in 1979, one frequently ranked near the top of surveys of America's safest cities — in large part because hundreds of police officers from nearby Los Angeles lived there.




  • Anti-Pipeline Activist Found Guilty After Being Barred From Mentioning Climate Change

    Anti-Pipeline Activist Found Guilty After Being Barred From Mentioning Climate ChangeAfter a short trial lasting just a day and a half, climate activist and retiree Leonard Higgins was found guilty on Wednesday of a serious felony charge for his role in the “valve turner” protest last year that resulted in the brief shutdown of a tar sands pipeline in Montana.




  • Drug-maker Teva set for major layoffs in Israel, US: report

    Drug-maker Teva set for major layoffs in Israel, US: reportPharmaceutical giant Teva is preparing to sack thousands of employees in Israel and the United States, including one quarter of its Israeli workforce, a business newspaper said Thursday. Israel-based Teva, the world's biggest manufacturer of generic drugs, will sack 25 percent of its 6,860 employees in Israel and more than 10 percent of its 10,000-strong workforce in the US, Calcalist daily said. Teva shares in the United States have taken a plunge this year as the company has faced harsh financial woes.




  • China's Okay Airways orders five Boeing Dreamliners for $1.4 bn

    China's Okay Airways orders five Boeing Dreamliners for $1.4 bnBoeing and China's first privately owned airline, Okay Airways, have finalised a $1.4-billion order for five Dreamliner jets, the two companies said on Thursday. The purchase of the five 787-9 long-haul aircraft by the Beijing-based airline was signed off in the United States on Wednesday and announced on Thursday via the companies' official accounts on Chinese microblogging site, Weibo. Okay Airways currently has a fleet of 26 single-corridor Boeing 737 planes, which fly to 70 destinations in China and elsewhere in Asia.




  • The Mysterious Disappearance Of An Argentine Navy Sub Just Got Even Stranger

    The Mysterious Disappearance Of An Argentine Navy Sub Just Got Even StrangerAs the desperate, multinational search for a missing Argentine submarine continues, the country’s navy said on Thursday that a sound “consistent with an explosion” had been detected near the site where the vessel disappeared last week with 44 crew members on board.




  • The Latest: Zimbabwe opposition not invited to inauguration

    The Latest: Zimbabwe opposition not invited to inaugurationHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):




  • Cows rain down on drivers after crash in Utah

    Cows rain down on drivers after crash in UtahDrivers in Riverdale, Utah experienced some unexpected bumps on their morning commute when cows began raining down on them from the road above. The freeway ramp was temporarily closed in the aftermath, as crews attempted to clear the scene of cattle. The driver was speeding in the 45-mph (72-kph) area, Riverdale Police Lieutenant Mike Loveland told The Independent.




  • Our Favorite Books About Cars and Racing

    Our Favorite Books About Cars and Racing




  • US woman raises more than $100,000 for homeless man who used last $20 to buy her petrol when she ran out

    US woman raises more than $100,000 for homeless man who used last $20 to buy her petrol when she ran outKate McClure, 27, was driving on the I-95 interstate motorway in Philadelphia when she noticed she had an empty tank. Ms McClure promised to return to pay Johnny back and later set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for him. "That’s when I met Johnny.




  • Experts Break Down The Difference Between Google Home and Amazon Echo

    Experts Break Down The Difference Between Google Home and Amazon EchoThe world is so full of tech that sometimes it’s hard to keep up.




  • A Tribute To The Most Cringeworthy Turkey Pardon Of All Time, Featuring Sarah Palin

    A Tribute To The Most Cringeworthy Turkey Pardon Of All Time, Featuring Sarah PalinThis story was first published in 2012, and has been published every year since.




  • Australia calls for US engagement in region amid China rise

    Australia calls for US engagement in region amid China riseAustralia warned on Thursday against American disengagement from Asia at a time of rising Chinese power as traditional US allies grow nervous about President Donald Trump's isolationist tilt. In a major Foreign Policy White Paper -- the first to be issued by the Australian government in 13 years -- Canberra outlined its approach to the "Indo-Pacific" region amid "changing power balances". "The United States has been the dominant power in our region throughout Australia's post-Second World War history.




  • Philadelphia Mayor Roasts Donald Trump: ‘Our President Is A Bully’ And A 'Punk’

    Philadelphia Mayor Roasts Donald Trump: ‘Our President Is A Bully’ And A 'Punk’Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney did not hold back in his criticism of President Donald Trump on Wednesday.