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'The Simpsons' predicted that Disney would buy Fox 19 years ago


About 19 years ago, "The Simpsons" predicted that 20th Century Fox would be owned by Disney, and on Thursday Disney announced it would be purchasing it (and other assets) in a deal estimated at $52.4 billion.

The deal also means that "The Simpsons" will be owned by Disney. That should make your head spin a little.

But this isn't the only time that "The Simpsons" has managed to wow us with its ability to predict the future.

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Kim Jong-un's Top Aide Disappears From Public Life, Was He Executed


Speculation surrounding Kim Jong-un's top aide, Hwang Pyong-so, is quietly circulating the dictatorship as it's citizens are left to wonder what happened to the long-time aide.

Some suspect that Pyong-so was executed by the death squads and yet others say he was expelled from the party after being caught taking bribes.

Pyong-so was also accused of having an 'impure attitude' towards the party. Pyong-so once represented the apex for political aspiration under the dictator Kim Jong-un. He was also the top of the food chain when it came to military rank reaching the rank of Vice-Marshall, one step removed from Supreme Commander.

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How Much Is A Fake Rape Claim by a Democrat Like Gloria Allred or Lisa Bloom Worth? About $750k


Well, well, well… What do we have here? An effort from the infamous daughter of Gloria Allred, the one and only Lisa Bloom; to sell the fake rape accusations made against President Trump to network television channels and media smut magazines for profit? I thought she “cared about the victims”? Apparently not.

As it turns out, Lisa Bloom only cares about the money, as if her representing Harvey Weinstein wasn't already apparent.

In a mixed bag of deception, today we've learned that Lisa Bloom actually took some of her clients, all who had sexual assault allegations against President Trump; on a shopping spree.

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Bitcoin Has a Dirty, Dirty Secret



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Bitcoin has a dirty secret.

The cryptocurrency has wowed markets this year with breakneck gains as investors flocked to an asset that exists only in cyberspace. But the laborious creation of each digital bitcoin by private computer networks has real-world consequences in the form of massive energy use—including from fuels that cause the most pollution.

Eight 100-meter-long metal warehouses in northern China are a case in point. Bitmain Technologies runs a server farm in Erdors, Inner Mongolia, with about 25,000 computers dedicated to solving the encrypted calculations that generate each bitcoin. The entire operation runs on electricity produced with coal, as do a growing number of cryptocurrency “mines” popping up in China.

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F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules

The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences.

The agency scrapped the so-called net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. The federal government will also no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility, like phone service.

The action reversed the agency’s 2015 decision, during the Obama administration, to better protect Americans as they have migrated to the internet for most communications. It will take a couple of weeks for the changes go into effect, but groups opposed to the action have already announced plans to sue the agency to restore the net neutrality regulations. Those suits could take many months to be resolved.

Ajit Pai, the chairman of the commission, said the rollback of the rules would eventually help consumers because broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast could offer people a wider variety of service options. Mr. Pai was joined in the 3-to-2 vote by his two fellow Republican commissioners.

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North Korea's friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula — but the North gave no sign of budging on its nuclear ambitions.

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Rubio switches to ‘yes’ on GOP tax bill, giving it big boost


Sen. Marco Rubio gave the GOP tax bill a big boost Friday after announcing his support in response to late changes to its child tax credit and another key Republican also said he was jumping on board — support that solidifies chances for passage.

Rubio, R-Fla., had initially come out against the bill on Thursday over reports that the House-Senate deal would include a deeper tax cut for Americans making over $500,000, while leaving out his proposal to expand tax credits for low-income families.

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Autistic boy, 8, wrote heartbreaking suicidal notes and tried to kill himself with scissors Read mo


A mother has revealed that she has been waiting several weeks to get urgent help for her eight-year-old son who tried to kill himself and wrote heartbreaking suicide notes. Jack Rogan, who has autism, wrote notes saying ‘I wish that mam would kill me’ and asking ‘what is wrong with me. His mother Kerry Linnell, 43, also wrote notes of what he said, including things like ‘burn me alive’ and ‘put me in a graveyard’.

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Omarosa’s departure raises questions about White House diversity


Omarosa Manigault Newman knew she stood out in this White House.

"I'm the only African-American woman who sits at the table," the former "Apprentice" contestant and departing White House senior staffer said in an interview Thursday morning.

Wednesday's announcement that the controversial aide was leaving her White House post has brought with it new questions about diversity — or lack of it — in the Trump White House.

In the ABC interview, Newman referred to herself as "the only African-American woman in this White House," adding that she had "quite a story to tell" in the future about her time in an administration that has struggled with racial issues and outreach to minority communities.

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512-Year-Old Shark, Believed To Be Oldest Living Vertebrate, Found In North Atlantic


Researchers have found an ancient shark in the North Atlantic, believed to be 512 years old, which could be the oldest living vertebrate in the world. While the animal was discovered months ago, its potential age was revealed in a study in the journal Science.

Marine biologist Julius Nielsen found an 18-foot Greenland shark his team had been studying was at least 272 years old and possibly as old as 512 years. While the exact time of the discovery remains unknown, the news resurfaced as Neilsen completed his PhD thesis on Greenland sharks.

Earlier this year professor Kim Praebel, from the Arctic University of Norway, found that Greenland sharks could have a lifespan of up to 400 years. But the recent research proves that the species could live to be even older. With the help of a mathematical model analyzing the lens and the cornea that linked size with age, researchers found a way to predict age. The method to discover the age of the animal was determined last year.

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FCC's Front-Man Ajit Pai Mocks Americans In Government Propaganda Video


The FCC chairman can be seen in the video making fun of the abysmal reality that many American's are faced with, living paycheck to paycheck and only being able to afford cheap and fast foods on the go. Most of America's working class spend the majority of their waking hours working and when they aren't they are busy resting up to do it all over again.

Pai chomps on chips, red-hot Cheetos and Sriracha sauce implying that this is all American's want to eat when in reality it is poverty that forces many to eat these foods. With hardly enough time to juggle work and home responsibilities, many American's are faced with buying food on the way to work or between classes and the luxury to prepare every meal is all but non-existent among the working class.

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Russian Navy 'could cut underwater cables and devastate UK economy' warns UK Armed Forces chief


>Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach says the UK must bolster its Navy.

Britain must boost its naval forces to counter the threat Russia poses to underwater cables that hold the UK's trade in the balance, the head of the UK Armed Forces has warned.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach said that Britain must keep pace with Russia's modernised Navy which is often spotted close to under-sea communications cables in the Atlantic Ocean.,

"Imagine a scenario where those cables are cut or disrupted which would immediately and potentially catastrophically affect both our economy and other ways of living.

"Therefore we must continue to develop our maritime forces, with our allies, to match Russian fleet modernisation," he told the think tank the Royal United Services Institute.

A report by Policy Exchange found that 97% of global communications went via sea cables which were vulnerable to sabotage as they have "minimal protection".

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200 paedophiles arrested in just one week as police warn of dangers of live-streamed abuse


Almost 200 suspected paedophiles were arrested during a week long blitz by the authorities, amid warnings that young people are increasingly being targeted by blackmailers who force them to live stream abuse.

Specialists from the National Crime Agency (NCA) said a UK-wide operation had identified almost 250 potential victims, who were being groomed by alleged abusers.

Around a third of the cases involved youngsters being forced to live stream abuse, or send indecent images of themselves across the internet.

Police fear paedophiles are increasingly turning to live streaming as a new way of manipulating their victims.

In many cases a youngster will be contacted by a paedophile posing as a teenager, who then persuades them to send an indecent image of themselves.

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Britain First leader Paul Golding arrested while attending deputy's court hearing in Belfast


>Jayda Fransen was appearing before magistrates on charges of using threatening or abusive language

The leader of far-right group Britain First, Paul Golding, has been arrested in Belfast over a speech made in the city.

Deputy leader Jayda Fransen claimed he had travelled to the city to support her at a court appearance for allegedly using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour at the same event.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) confirmed a 35-year-old man had been arrested at Laganside courts but did not say what offence he was suspected of committing.

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Trump cuts red tape at White House event touting deregulation


President Donald Trump, posing beside tall stacks of paper meant to represent regulations holding back American industry, touted his administration's deregulatory efforts Thursday and said there's more to come.

"In 1960, there were approximately 20,000 pages in the code of federal regulations. Today there are over 180,000 pages," Trump said at a White House event. "We’re getting back below the 1960 level, and we'll be there fairly quickly."

The president then stood between one pile of papers, labeled "1960," and the other, much larger stack labeled "Today," and cut a piece of red tape stretched between the two with gold scissors.

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Black passenger removed from Delta flight after using bathroom files bias suit


A Milwaukee man whose ill-timed bathroom break on a Delta flight in April grabbed headlines after his subsequent removal was caught on cellphone cameras has sued the airline claiming racial discrimination.

In a complaint filed Tuesday in Wisconsin federal court, Kima Hamilton, who is black, alleges that Delta Air Lines wouldn't have violated his civil rights and booted him from the Milwaukee-bound flight if he were white.

The incident began when Hamilton's plane was delayed on an airport tarmac in Atlanta. According to the 40-year-old art teacher, he desperately needed to use the bathroom and knew that announcements asked passengers to remain seated.

While the lavatory was steps away, a flight attendant stopped him before he could get to it and told him that if he went, the pilot would have to be alerted and the plane would lose its place in line for takeoff.

But Hamilton couldn't bear another seven- to 10-minute delay, he said, and was "experiencing an emergency." Again, he said, he was warned about getting up.

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Haley lays out evidence Iran violating UN Resolutions


The Trump administration has presented Iranian missiles and weapons, allegedly sent to Houthi rebels in Yemen that it says shows Iran has violated United Nations Security Council Resolutions related to the Iranian nuclear deal.

The weapons included parts of two short-range ballistic missiles that the Pentagon says were recently fired by the Houthis into Saudi Arabia, an anti-tank guided missile, a self-guided unmanned anti-ship explosive boat and an aerial drone packed with explosives.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations showed off the weapons, that she says were recovered by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, at a warehouse at a military base in Washington D.C.

“When you see the evidence, it is absolutely indisputable,” Haley said Thursday, saying the weapons were “essentially Iranian fingerprints.”

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Government's new benefit system wrongly denies disabled people support at higher rate than ever


>Successful appeals brought against DWP by disabled people denied PIP benefits are higher than ever, with 68 per cent of appeal hearings found in favour of the claimant

The Government's new benefit system is wrongly denying disabled people financial support at a higher rate than ever, new figures show.

Decisions by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) not to award Personal Independent Payment (PIP) are now overturned at 68 per cent of appeal hearings, with 14,188 cases found in favour of the claimant between July and September this year.

Successful appeals brought against the DWP over Employment Support Allowance (ESA) have also soared in recent years, with the proportion of cases found in favour of the claimant at 67 per cent in the last quarter, compared with 62 per cent in the same period last year and 58 per cent the year before.

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Nephews Of Venezuelan First Lady Sentenced In U.S. Drug Smuggling Case


A judge in New York City sentenced the nephews of Venezuela's first lady to 18 years in prison on Thursday, following their convictions on drug trafficking charges.

The Venezuelan citizens listened to the federal court proceedings through headphones and each delivered brief remarks before their sentences were handed down. "I know that I have made very serious mistakes in this case," said Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, according to Reuters.

His cousin Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas said he has always been a good person, "Even in jail I tried to help those who were in a worse psychological situation than I find myself in," and asked to be allowed back home to Venezuela soon to see family.

In November 2016, a jury in New York found Campo Flores, 30, and Flores de Freitas, 31, guilty of conspiring to smuggle more than 1,700 pounds of cocaine into the United States.

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Mediocre 'Ferdinand' Will Have Bored Parents Seeing Red


For a simple children's story about a pacifist bull in Spain who would rather smell the flowers than charge a matador, Munro Leaf's The Story of Ferdinand generated tremendous controversy, owing to its worldwide popularity and its date of publication, 1936, which found it caught in political crosswinds. It was banned in Franco's Spain. Hitler ordered it burned as "degenerate democratic propaganda" in Nazi Germany, though it was republished and distributed for free in the same country once the war was over, to teach children a message of peace. Gandhi was a fan. So was H.G. Wells.

Yet sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. The Story of Ferdinand could be read as a story of independence and self-actualization, with no interest in advancing the bull as a symbol of nonviolent resistance. This was the message of the Oscar-winning Disney short from 1938, which cast Ferdinand as a silly, whimsical creature who humiliates the matador by licking the flower tattoo on his chest. And that's the message of Ferdinand, a mediocre new animated feature from Blue Sky productions, which specializes in mediocre features like the Ice Age and Rio franchises. In Blue Sky's version, the bull isn't particularly distinguishable from the scores of other anthropomorphic beasts who want to go their own way, but get ostracized for being different. Slap a red nose on him and he's Rudolph. Put him in the kitchen and he's Remy from Ratatouille.

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School Hides Child's Suicide Note For Three Days


The boy attends McCoy Elementary School in Yazoo City, Mississippi which is where the note was found on Monday. Even three days after the note was written, the boy's grandparents haven't heard a word about it. McDaniel Gatson, the boy's grandfather, and guardian said: "Three days from him, we hadn't heard about our grandson writing a suicide letter."

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Rubio comes out against GOP tax bill, passage uncertain


Just days before an expected vote, the sweeping Republican tax bill's fate was up in the air Thursday, with few details confirmed and key senators withholding support unless changes were made.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announced he would oppose the bill unless it expanded a child tax credit to millions of lower income families by making a larger portion refundable against payroll taxes.

"I want to support tax reform and it's important for the country, but I think this needs to be part of it," Rubio told reporters.

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Prosecutor Won't Charge Lawmaker Who Brought Gun To The Airport


Prosecutors at the Boulder County District Attorney's office have decided not to file charges against Colorado State Rep. Lori Saine who was arrested on December 5 after bringing a loaded gun through security checkpoints at Denver International Airport.

Boulder District Attorney Stanley Garnett's office released a statement Thursday saying a criminal case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and charges "are not appropriate." She was facing a class 6 felony charge because of the incident. One has to wonder if anyone other than a government official would have been subject to the same treatment.

Just last year, Georgia implemented a law that said those who forget they have a gun in their carry-on luggage will be facing up to a year in jail and a $100,000 fine. However, in Colorado, if you get caught bringing a firearm to the airport you are facing a 3rd Degree Felony or a Class A Misdemeanor with anywhere from 0 days to 10 years in jail and a $5,000 to $10,000 fine.

According to Saine's statement to police, she "totally forgot" about the loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun in her purse. TSA agents only discovered the weapon when her purse was passed through an x-ray machine which revealed the deadly weapon inside.

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Dustin Hoffman Accused Of Sexual Assault And Exposing Himself To Minor


The report from Variety quotes the victim, Cori Thomas, who would have been 16 and a high school classmate of Hoffman's daughter Karina. Thomas says she was 16 when she was left in a hotel with the actor alone while waiting for her parents to pick her up. Hoffman's daughter had already gone home when he went into the shower and emerged with a towel wrapped around him.

Thomas says Hoffman dropped the towel and revealed himself naked before putting on a robe and asking her to massage his feet. "I didn't know that I could say no, so I did it," said Thomas. "And he kept telling me, 'I'm naked. Do you want to see?"

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Nearly a third of all weapons used by Isil on the battlefield were manufactured in EU, report claims


Nearly a third of all weapons used by Isil on the battlefield were manufactured in the European Union, according to the most thorough investigation yet into how the jihadist group acquired its vast arsenal.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants relied heavily on guns and ammunition produced by Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Germany, a report released on Thursday by Conflict Armament Research (CAR), an international organisation that documents weapons trafficking in war zones, revealed.

The only bigger producer of weapons used by the group was found to be China.

The revelation sits uncomfortably with the EU’s effort to degrade the group’s military capacity, CAR researchers say, and highlights how easily weapons can end up in the wrong hands in "messy" conflicts.

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Florida Trooper Saves Woman's Life Then Arrests Her For DUI


The Florida Highway Patrol got a call that a vehicle had drifted off the shoulder near Naples. When the trooper responded, the driver was unresponsive and the vehicle's doors were locked. The trooper can be seen frantically pleading for the woman to wake up saying, "Ma'am, ma'am, come on. Please wake up, ma'am. Please!"

Finally, he is forced to break the driver's window to unlock the vehicle and carries the woman out only to discover she had no pulse. The trooper begins to administer CPR. "She's breathing again. Yeah, I can hear her heartbeat," he can be heard saying while still doing chest compressions.

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Private Investigator Pleads Guilty To Misusing President Trump's Social Security Number


The accused is Jordan Hamlett, 32, and he faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty in federal court Monday. The authorities say Hamlett made repeated attempts to gain access to Trump's tax information through a U.S. Department of Education financial aid website.

Trump refused to release his federal tax returns defying a tradition honored by previous presidents. Court documents reveal Hamlett used Trump's social security number and other personal information to open an application for federal student aid on September 13, 2016.

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Dallas Police Chief Says Millennials Are To Blame For Officer Shortage


Some of the options considered were rewarding officers who recruit candidates and eliminating some of the automatic disqualifiers like minor drug use. Another one of Chief Halls great ideas was to shift blame onto millennials for not wanting to work "nights, weekends and holidays."

That's right, one of her ideas for recruiting more officers was to complain about the very generation she needs to fill jobs. Hall also criticized millennials for wanting to achieve career aspirations quickly such as becoming chief. Her hypocritical rhetoric was echoed by the Dallas Fire-Rescue chief, another department lacking bodies.

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Six Mormon Families Suing LDS Church For Covering Up Pedophilia


The LDS leaders are alleged to have known that one of their members, a man named Michael Jensen, was an active pedophile and covered up the abuse that went on for years. The case will go to trial in January. One plaintiff named Helen reported the abuse of her 4 and 6-year-old children to her bishop, the leader of her Martinsburg, West Virginia congregation, but because the abuser's mother was also the relief society president nothing was done about it.

Helen said, "My church family preached to me about forgiveness– that I needed to forgive him. How do you forgive something like that?" The abuse she alleges took place over the course of two months in 2008 according to court documents. Then, in January 2012, the children told their parents what Jensen had done.

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Ohio Passes Law Banning Abortion Over Down Syndrome


The new law is headed to Republican Governor John Kasich's desk after lawmakers voted 20-12 in favor of the law. The criminalizes abortion if the acting physician has prior knowledge that the procedure is being sought because of a Down syndrome diagnosis.

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by abnormal cell division resulting in an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21. Those doctors who carry out an abortion being sought because of a Down syndrome diagnosis will lose their medical license in the state and face a fourth-degree felony.

Ohio became the third state to pass such a law that bans abortions due to fetal anomalies after Indiana and North Dakota. A U.S. District Judge struck down the Indiana provision in September after a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Jon Keeling, a spokesman for Governor Kasich, declined to confirm whether the governor would be signing the measure into law but did say when Kasich was asked about a similar bill in the Ohio House recently he referred to it as "appropriate."

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US jets intercept Russian planes over Syria and fire warning flares


>The Russian jets left the area soon after the flares were shot

American F-22 fighter jets have fired warning flares in Syrian airspace after Russian Su-25 jets entered an agreed upon deconfliction area, according to a US official.

The official told Reuters that the Russian jets left the area, which was above the Euphrates river, after the two US jets sent the warnings.

One official said that the aerial encounter lasted "several minutes", as the Russian jets crossed the de-confliction line several times.

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John McCain Has Been Hospitalized Due to Cancer Therapy Side Effects


Sen. John McCain has been hospitalized to treat side effects related to his cancer therapy.

The Arizona senator, 81, is currently receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for “normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy,” according to a statement released by his office on Wednesday.

“As ever, he remains grateful to his physicians for their excellent care, and his friends and supporters for their encouragement and good wishes. Senator McCain looks forward to returning to work as soon as possible,” the statement read.

In July, McCain, who has served Arizona in Congress since 1982, announced he was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, days after he underwent a craniotomy to remove a blood clot above his eye.

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U.N. chief presses for release of arrested Reuters journalists in Myanmar


The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday.

Guterres said his main concern over Myanmar was the “dramatic violations of human rights” during a military crackdown in Rakhine State that forced more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the country for southern Bangladesh, and the arrest of the journalists was probably related.

“It is clearly a concern in relation to the erosion of press freedom in the country,” he told a news conference in Tokyo, referring to the detention of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who had been working on stories about the strife in Rakhine State.

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Rohingya crisis: At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims killed in one month, says Doctors Without Borders


>Aid agency says killings carried out in August and September are part of ‘ethnic cleansing’ condemned by UN

International aid group Doctors Without Borders said its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Burma's security forces.

The group, known by the acronym from its French name, MSF, said in a statement made available Thursday that it had conducted the survey in refugee camps in Bangladesh, and estimated that at least 6,700 Rohingya died in Burma's Rakhine state between 25 August and 24 September.

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Black Thug in Louisiana Convicted of Attempted-Murder Paroled Only to Beat White Woman to Death


Law enforcement in Kenner, Louisiana, which is a suburb of Jefferson Parish, a community in New Orleans; said that 38-year-old Alex Sanders was arrested for the murder of 37-year-old Amy Cancienne, of which he's now in custody for the crime.

The homicide charge for Alex Sanders is apparently nothing new, since he's currently on parole for a 1996 conviction in another vicious attempted-murder case in St. John the Baptist Parish, as well as an aggravated battery conviction in Winn Parish; furthering underscoring that he's a lifelong criminal.

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Judges consider if racial bias in drug stash-house stings


The question of whether federal agents display racial bias by staging phony drug stash-house stings overwhelmingly in black neighborhoods is the focus of hearings in Chicago that could determine whether agencies curtail or even abandon their use nationwide.

A first-of-its-kind panel of federal trial judges on Thursday began two days of hearings on the stings. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives oversees the stings that typically involve agents posing as cartel couriers who talk suspects into agreeing to rob drugs that don't exist from what they are told are guarded stash houses that are also fictitious.

The nine panelists — each of whom presides over 12 separate stash-house cases with 43 defendants in all — chose to hear evidence simultaneously on the question after defense teams in the dozen cases all moved for the indictments to be tossed on grounds of racial bias.

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Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa seeks end to Western sanctions


Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa is seeking the removal of sanctions imposed by Western countries, saying they are crippling national development.

He also indicated that elections due next July could be brought forward.

Speaking to governing Zanu-PF party leaders, Mr Mnangagwa said the government would do everything to make sure they were credible, free and fair.

Mr Mnangagwa became president last month after Robert Mugabe was ousted.

Mr Mnangagwa is expected to be endorsed on Friday as party leader and presidential candidate for Zanu-PF at the elections.

Mr Mugabe, 93, has not been seen in public since he was forced out of office by the military after 37 years in power.

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Bermuda Legalized Same-Sex Marriage 6 Months Ago. Now, It’s Going to Be Banned.


At a time when support for same-sex marriage seems to be slowly advancing in some parts of the world, legislators in Bermuda have restored a ban on the unions, just six months after the island’s highest court approved them.

The Senate in the wealthy, self-governing British territory voted 8 to 3 in favor of a new law to allow only domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. The vote represented a rare reversal of an international trend broadening the number of jurisdictions that recognize same-sex marriage.

The vote on Wednesday came less than a week after the House of Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, voted 24 to 10 in favor of the same proposal. To take effect, the Atlantic island’s governor, John Rankin, would have to sign the bill into a law, but that is usually a formality.

Most of mainland Britain legalized same-sex marriage in 2014, but Northern Ireland has not followed suit.

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Migrants stranded on rocks in Aegean Sea rescued by helicopter


Turkey’s coast guards rescued dozens of migrants stranded on rocks off the country’s west coast on Thursday when their boat hit trouble en route to Greece.

The inflatable boat, carrying 51 migrants, started to sink in the waters of the Aegean off Dikili, the official Anadolu news agency reported. Early reports had the number on board at 68.

Television footage showed them on a rocky outcrop while a coast guard helicopter hovered above to conduct a rescue.

In the initial stage of the operation, four children were winched to safety by the helicopter team, Anadolu reported.

Eventually, all 51 were rescued and brought back to Dikili port.

The migrants' nationality was not clear. The stricken inflatable could be seen in images bobbing next to the rocks. There was no indication of any casualties.

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Nasa has found an entire solar system with as many planets as our own.

The discovery of a new planet around the Kepler-90 star, which looks like our own sun, means the distant solar system has a total of eight known planets. And those planets look like those in our own neighbourhood: rocky planets orbit close to the star, with gas giants further away.

The star and its family of planets were already known about, having been detected by the Kepler space telescope. But the breakthrough came when astronomers found the new world, which was done using Google’s artificial intelligence technology.

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Putin says U.S. gripped by fabricated spymania, praises Trump


Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the United States was in the grip of a fabricated spymania whipped up by President Donald Trump’s opponents but he thought battered U.S.-Russia relations would recover one day.

Putin, who said he was on first name terms with Trump, also praised the U.S. president for what he said were his achievements.

“I‘m not the one to evaluate the president’s work. That needs to be done by the voters, the American people,” Putin told his annual news conference in Moscow, in answer to a question.

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Spain beefs up border security as it fears Carles Puigdemont may stage surprise return


Spain's security forces are reinforcing the borders to prevent a possible surprise return by ousted pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont ahead of next week’s crucial elections in Catalonia, it was reported on Thursday.

Mr Puigdemont is campaigning to be re-elected president from Belgium, where he fled with four cabinet members to avoid sedition and rebellion charges following Catalonia’s unilateral independence declaration in late October.

Despite facing arrest the moment he steps on to Spanish soil, Mr Puigdemont insists he will take office if he is victorious.

But he has also eyed the possibility of returning before the December 21 election - a move which could boost his poll numbers to secure a win.

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California police bust multimillion-dollar weed 'fortress'


Police in Southern California raided a weed "fortress" on Wednesday, seizing 35,000 marijuana plants and shutting down an operation they believe was bringing in millions of dollars a month.

Investigators first turned their sights on the illegal grow operation about two months ago after receiving complaints from neighbors. They found the once-abandoned warehouse had been outfitted with a 12-foot metal rolling fence, "fortified doors," a large concrete wall around the parking lot and surveillance cameras.

Inside the four-story warehouse, police found thousands of plants stacked next to one another under heat lamps on wood tables and an advanced irrigation system. The electric bill for the property was about $67,000 per month, police said.

"In my 26 years, it was the biggest grow that I've ever seen," San Bernardino police Lt. Mike Madden said. "There were all different rooms for different processes and hydration, filtration and ventilation. It was pretty extensive."

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Vladimir Putin: Donald and I are on first name terms


>"This is how relations should be between people like us," says the Russian leader, hailing Donald Trump's "major accomplishments".

Vladimir Putin has revealed he and Donald Trump are on first name terms, as the Russian President spoke to the media during his four-hour, end-of-year news conference.

"This is how relations should be between people like us," Mr Putin said to reporters at the marathon annual event.

He praised Mr Trump's "accomplishments", saying: "I'm not the one to evaluate the (US) President's work. That needs to be done by the voters, the American people.

"(But) we are objectively seeing that there have been some major accomplishments, even in the short time he has been working.

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Craig Mackinlay MP says he had 'father - son' relationship with aide accused of rape


A Conservative MP has told a court he had a "father and son" relationship with his chief of staff, who has been accused of raping a woman in his Commons office.

Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet, said Samuel Armstrong was his most hard-working and reliable aide and was “very driven in politics”.

Armstrong, 24, is accused of abusing his position to attack the woman, who is in her 20s, in the MP’s office after the pair had spent the evening drinking together in the Sports and Social Bar at the Houses of Parliament.

The woman has told Southwark Crown Court that she felt "like a hostage" as Armstrong raped her twice after she fell asleep on a sofa, telling her: "This is what you want."

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Medical marijuana has NO public health risks and should not be withheld from patients Read more: ht


The World Health Organization has declared that CBD - the relaxant property of cannabis used in medical marijuana - should not be a scheduled drug.

As legalization of cannabis has spread rapidly across the United States and around the world, health officials have cautioned that we do not have enough research to rule out any down sides.

But today, after months of deliberation and investigation, the WHO has concluded that cannabidiol (CBD) is a useful treatment for epilepsy and palliative care, and does not carry any addiction risks.

While the organization is set to run a fuller review of cannabis next year, assessing all cannabis-related substances, physicians and the cannabis industry have been poised awaiting this decision to deny scheduling for months.

Had the WHO chosen to schedule the drug, it could have hamstrung physicians from prescribing medical marijuana globally.

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'Intentional' event redirects cloud traffic from Apple, Google & others through Russia


>Internet traffic coming into and out of Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and other companies was briefly redirected through a Russian provider on Wednesday, in what appears to have been a deliberate move.

The incident involved the Border Gateway Protocol, or BGP, which funnels high-level traffic through nodes like internet backbones, according to Ars Technica, citing reports by monitoring services BGPMon and Qrator Labs. BGPMon recorded two three-minute hijacks, affecting 80 address blocks in total. Qrator Labs said the incident spanned two hours, with the number of address blocks fluctuating between 40 and 80.

Some reasons for suspicion include the prominence of the impacted companies, and the fact that IP addresses were split into smaller blocks than those announced by the companies —something that doesn't normally happen with a BGP configuration error.

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Under-16s will require parental permission to use Facebook says draft French law


French children under the age of 16 will require parental approval to open an account on Facebook or any other social network under draft legislation presented on Wednesday.

The clamp-down on Facebook use for the young is part of a French bill that seeks to adapt data privacy regulations and improve access to the information internet companies gather, store and in many cases sell to other firms about people's online activity.

"Joining Facebook will involve parental authorisation for minors aged under 16," said Nicole Belloubet, the French justice minister.

The minister said signing up to join a social network would involve ticking a box to confirm that approval from parents or rightful guardians had been obtained, and that the box-tick amounted to a declaration governed by law.

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Miss Israel: Iraqi contestant’s family forced to flee country over joint selfie


>Photo taken with Israeli, along with bikini pose, led to death threats against Sarah Idan's relatives in Baghdad, Israeli contestant Adar Gandelsman says

Relatives of the Iraqi contestant in the Miss Universe Pageant were forced to flee the Middle Eastern country over photos with her Israeli counterpart and Miss Iraq’s modeling in a bikini, Miss Israel told Hadashot news Wednesday.

“The two of those things together caused a mess for her back home where people made threats against her and her family that if she didn’t return home and take down the photos, they would remove her (Miss Iraq) title, that they would kill her,” Adar Gandelsman told Israeli TV.

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Windows 10 gets native OpenSSH client and server

It's quite interesting to see just how far Microsoft has come since Satya Nadella became CEO. The company has gotten out of its comfort zone and made its products more appealing to a wider range of customers, embracing rival platforms and the open-source community. Having Visual Studio on Macs and tons of apps on Android and iOS is something that would have been unheard of only a few years ago.

The same goes for offering a subsystem for Linux or OpenSSH support on Windows 10. That last bit may not excite everyone, but it is especially useful for those who want to log in remotely on Linux devices – which would have normally required third-party tools like PuTTY. Microsoft is not stopping there though, as it's taking things to the next level by adding a native OpenSSH client and server to Windows 10.

The OpenSSH client and server are currently in beta, so it will be a while before Windows 10 users can safely use them in a production environment. However, they are included in the latest stable builds of the operating system and can be manually installed through Manage Optional Features, which is part of the Settings menu.

The OpenSSH Client and OpenSSH Server are clearly labeled as a beta both in the name and description. They come in at 656KB and 658KB, respectively, on my Windows 10 machine running Fall Creators Update build 1709 (16299.19) – it's not been updated in a few weeks, so there may be a newer version available.

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North Korea just accidentally revealed a picture of its first atomic bomb

North Korea appear to have inadvertently broadcast an image of former leader Kim Jong-il inspecting one of the country's first ever atomic bombs.

A 30-minute bulletin shown on state TV from December 12, at a conference in Pyongyang, showed a portrait in the background which appeared to be of Jong-il and the explosive device.

The photograph is visible only briefly as the camera sets the scene of the conference, which was attended by North Korea Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, the son of the late former leader pictured.

If real, it would have been taken sometime between 2006-2009 when the secretive regime carried out nuclear tests.

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Mike Huckabee Tells Mika Brzezinski To ‘Go Pound Sand’ After She Attacks His Daughter

Mike Huckabee told Mika Brzezinski to “go pound sand” after the “Morning Joe” co-host attacked his daughter, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Wednesday.

“She deserves better from other women and it just amazes me that even the women who say they are feminists are doing everything they can to discredit my daughter,” Mike Huckabee told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum Wednesday night. “My daughter stands strong and tough and walks into that lions den of a press room every day and represents women and represents the president and represents strength in an incredible way.”

On Wednesday’s “Morning Joe,” Brzezinski expressed disbelief that Sanders could stand by President Donald Trump’s tweet that suggested Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would “do anything” for political donations. Some thought that Trump’s tweet implied Gillibrand exchanged sexual favors for political donations.

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Poland Threatens To Leave EU Over Refugee Policy


These three eastern European countries have bridged the gap between their poorer Eastern counterparts still partly stuck in corrupt and old regimes (Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia) and the richer Western European bloc (Germany, France, Benelux and the Scandinavian countries) the easiest thanks to stellar economic growth in the past decade but are still reluctant to take in any refugees which have arrived in droves from the middle east.

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US F-22 was hampering Russian Su-25 jets to provide cover for aid convoy – MoD

The Russian Defense Ministry has said that an F-22 got close to a pair of Su-25 jets, hampering them from escorting a humanitarian aid convoy. It dismissed reports of the Russian jets being “intercepted.”

The incident took place Wednesday in the vicinity of the Syrian town of Mayadin, when a pair of Su-25 close air support jets were escorting a humanitarian aid convoy, the Russian Defense Ministry said. A US F-22 stealth fighter came from across the Euphrates river and approached the aircraft, firing flare decoys in front of them.

A Su-35 fighter jet, which provided cover for the Russian planes, “rapidly approached” the F-22 from the rear and the US warplane left the area afterward, the ministry added.

The ministry stressed that the incident occurred above the western bank of the Euphrates River, dismissing media reports that the Russian planes were allegedly operating over the eastern bank.

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Paul Ryan Denies He’s Leaving Congress

Both Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed Thursday that widespread rumors that Ryan will leave Congress after his current term ends are false.

After telling reporters at her daily press briefing that President Donald Trump had immediately called Ryan after reports of his imminent retirement hit the press. According to Sanders, Ryan “assured the president that those were not accurate reports and that they look forward to working together for a long time.”

Ryan himself was more terse in his denial, responding to a shouted question about his departure at his weekly press conference with a simple, “I’m not, no.”

Sources close to Ryan have assured Breitbart News that the rumors are not unfounded. On Thursday, Politico claimed to not have found a single source willing to say they thought Ryan would remain in Congress past January 2019 in the over 30 they interviewed.

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy S9 renders show off fixed fingerprint sensor placement

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is only a few short months away and we’re getting more leaks by the day. We recently told you about rumors the fingerprint scanner could be moving under the display and its possible appearance at CES in Las Vegas next month. If you want to catch up on all of the rumors, head over to our post here.

The newest leak comes in the form of factory CAD renders and a 360-degree video. The video and renders come from 91mobiles.com and OnLeaks.

As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy S9 looks basically identical to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S8. According to the leak, the bottom bezel is slated to be 0.1 mm slimmer than the S8 and the display will be 5.65-inches with rounded corners. The dimensions of the phone are allegedly 147.6 x 68.7 x 8.4 mm.

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Disney to buy 21st Century Fox assets in a deal worth more than $52 billion in stock

Disney on Thursday announced a deal to acquire many parts of Twenty-First Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock. The company will get Fox's movie studios, networks Nat Geo and FX, Asian pay-TV operator Star TV, and stakes in Sky, Endemol Shine Group and Hulu, as well as regional sports networks.

The acquisition values the combined Fox business at $29.54 per share, based on Disney's closing share price Wednesday. The deal has a total value of approximately $66.1 billion, with Disney assuming $13.7 billion of Fox's net debt.

Shares of Fox were up fractionally in early trading; Disney traded 1.2 percent higher.

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Head of Congressional Ethics Office Sued for Abusing Position, Accused of Assaulting Women

A top congressional ethics official who oversees investigations into misconduct by lawmakers is accused in a federal lawsuit of verbally abusing and physically assaulting women and using his federal position to influence local law enforcement, according to a complaint filed in a federal court in Pennsylvania last month.

The ongoing lawsuit against Omar Ashmawy, staff director and chief counsel of the Office of Congressional Ethics, stems from his involvement in a late-night brawl in 2015 in Milford, Pennsylvania, and includes a range of allegations relating to his behavior that evening and in the following two-and-half years.

Ashmawy’s office conducts the preliminary investigations into allegations of misconduct in the House of Representatives, deciding which cases to pursue or refer to the Committee on Ethics. He is named in congressional documents as the official who presented one of the investigations into John Conyers, the Democratic lawmaker from Michigan accused of sexual harassment, to the ethics committee for further action.

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Paul Ryan Sees His Wild Washington Journey Coming to An End

Spirits were high inside the House chamber on Thursday, November 16, when, in the early afternoon, the gavel fell and a measure to rewrite the American tax code passed on a partisan tally of 227 to 205. As the deciding votes were cast—recorded in green on the black digital scoreboard suspended above the floor—the speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, threw his head back and slammed his hands together. Soon he was engulfed in a sea of dark suits, every Republican lawmaker wanting to slap him on the shoulder and be a part of his moment.

Ryan was the man of the hour. Having spent a quarter-century in Washington—as an intern, waiter, junior think-tanker, Hill staffer and, since 1999, as a member of Congress—he had never wavered in his obsession with fixing what he viewed as the nation’s two fundamental weaknesses: its Byzantine tax system and ballooning entitlement state. Now, with House Republicans celebrating the once-in-a-generation achievement of a tax overhaul, Ryan was feeling both jubilant and relieved—and a little bit greedy. Reveling in the afterglow, Ryan remarked to several colleagues how this day had proven they could accomplish difficult things—and that next year, they should set their sights on an even tougher challenge: entitlement reform. The speaker has since gone public with this aspiration, suggesting that 2018 should be the year Washington finally tackles what he sees as the systemic problems with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

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Jury Gives Death Sentence to Isauro Aguirre For Death of 8-Year-Old Child


During the month-long trial, prosecutors asserted that Aguirre participated in the systemic and severe abuse of the child for months on end before Gabriel’s death in May 2013. The team argued that Aguirre hated the innocent child simply because he thought that the child was gay, and such “belief” motivated his cruel treatment of the child.

Prosecutors and witnesses, testimonies said that for months, poor Gabriel had been beaten, burned with cigarettes, whipped, shot in the face and groin with a B.B. gun, forced to eat cat litter and feces, and locked in a container “box” for days.

Prosecutors also said that Aguirre even derived pleasure in abusing and torturing Gabriel.

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Another human foot washes ashore in Canada. That makes 13.


The exceptionally high tides this time of the year off British Columbia can turn the rocky western coast of Vancouver Island into a graveyard. Bones from gray whales, sea lions and killer whales wash ashore, piling on the beach along fallen evergreens.

But on Thursday morning, Taz, a 6-year-old Rottweiler, sensed something different about a bone tangled in a bed of kelp. Taz darted away from her owner, Mike Johns, to inspect it, sniffing a piece that jutted out on a beach in the hamlet of Jordan River.

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It's Not That Hard To Avoid Normalizing Nazis


>Read some 'Hitler-at-home' stories from the 1930s. Then, don't do what they did.

Why is it that, in America in 2017, the question of how not to normalize Nazis provokes heated debate? Is there a way to discuss the everyday life of fascists without normalizing? Although there are no quick and easy rules to follow, there are lessons—plenty of them—to be gleaned from history. The most powerful lessons emerge from the press coverage of the Third Reich, especially the soft-focus profiles of Adolf Hitler published in the 1930s. These stories set the journalistic gold standard for how not to write about Nazis.

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Transgender People Can Enlist in Military Jan. 1, Pentagon Says


The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump's opposition.

The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Two federal courts already have ruled against the ban. Potential transgender recruits will have to overcome a lengthy and strict set of physical, medical and mental conditions that make it possible, though difficult, for them to join the armed services.

Maj. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, says the enlistment of transgender recruits will start Jan. 1 and go on amid the legal battles. The Defense Department also is studying the issue.

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Indiana Still Won't Allow Convenience Stores To Sell Cold Beer


Two leading voices on Indiana's alcohol issues recently made comments during a legislative preview discussion on Wednesday saying there is little chance lawmakers will take action in favor of allowing convenience and grocery stores to sell cold beer.

While it isn't clear what the reasoning is behind only allowing the majority of stores in the state to sell beer warm, it does seem like it could be a law founded in greed and pursued by the few corporations benefiting from the current restrictions.

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3 Oppressed Minorities Accused of Robbery at Sacramento Rite-Aid that Killed 87-Year-Old Woman


During their efforts to play the role of Robin Hood, and take from the evil corporations to return to the deathly ill folks in the ‘hood, it's crystal clear that the opioid medications they required were for a patriotic fellow community member who had served in the Military proudly and was struggling in pain but unable to acquire the medicines he needed.

After valiantly conquering “the man” behind the counter for the opioid painkillers, the three heroic men then galloped out of the store to return in their ceremonial victory dance with the spoils of war, however, there was a terrible White woman clearly preventing them from exiting the corporate lair of Rite-Aid.

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Anti-Trump Democrat Tavis Smiley of PBS Suspended for Sexual Misconduct


PBS formally announced on Wednesday that it would be halting entirely the distribution of the “Tavis Smiley” program pending an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Tavis Smiley, the popular host of the late-night talk show on PBS.

His nightly program has aired on PBS since 2004. PBS does not produce, fund, or employ Smiley or his staff, but it does distribute the “Tavis Smiley” program, according to PBS.

The reminder that PBS is funded with taxpayer dollars, making these claims even more shocking.

“Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of ‘Tavis Smiley,’ produced by TS Media, an independent production company,” PBS said in a statement.

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Jet Plane Fuel from Greek Yogurt – Scientists Discover an Unlikely Sustainable Source


The results showed that both compounds qualified as 'green antimicrobials' that could be added to livestock feed to replace standard antibiotics. The scientists also revealed that after further processing to add more carbon elements to the compounds, they could yield a 'drop-in' biofuel that can be mixed into jet fuel.

A statement released by the Lead researcher Dr. Lars Angenent, from Cornell University, New York, revealed that: 'To be sustainable, you want to convert waste streams where they are made, and upstate New York is where the cows are, where the dairy farmers are, and where the Greek yoghurt craze began in the United States.

'That's a lot of acid whey that right now has to be driven to faraway locations for land application, but we want to produce valuable chemicals from it instead.'

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Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agents Bust Pedophiles using Dropbox for Child Porn Ring


Truax is indeed a sick bastard, with a perverse mentality that cannot be cured, as are most of these horrendous monsters who continue to prey on the most innocent of victims.

The case was then handed over to prosecuted by the State Attorney's Office, First Judicial Circuit, in Escambia County, where Truax remains behind bars awaiting trial.

That wasn't the end of the FDLE investigation though when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) tipped off authorities that Truax was using his IP address to frequent a Dropbox account.

After obtaining expressed approval from Dropbox, they found out several other IP addresses were also using that particular Dropbox, which then gave them a reason for a warrant.

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As Marriage Standards Change, A Therapist Recommends 'Rethinking Infidelity'


Couples therapist Esther Perel is an expert in cheating. She's spent the past six years of her career focusing on couples who are dealing with infidelity — and she's heard a lot of stories.

"It's never been easier to cheat — and it's never been more difficult to keep a secret," she says. "The majority of affairs would normally have died a natural death. Today they are discovered primarily through the phone or through social media or though the computer."

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Undercover Michigan Police Can No Longer Legally Have Sex With Prostitutes


Now, the Michigan law enforcement community will be held to the same standards as civilians. Michigan's governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday, "Every day the brave men and women in Michigan's law enforcement community work tirelessly to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of all Michiganders. These bills help ensure the ongoing integrity and accountability of our law enforcement system by clarifying what actions officers are exempt from while performing their official duties."

The governor signed two bills, House Bill 4355 and Senate Bill 275, which undo a provision that prevented officers from being prosecuted for prostitution offenses as long as they were on duty at the time. Police agencies defended themselves by saying they do not use the law allowing undercover officers to have sex during an investigation.

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GOP reaches tax deal to slash corporate and individual rates


Republicans in the House and Senate have reached an agreement in principle on their sweeping tax package that will slash individual and corporate rates, White House and GOP sources said Wednesday.

Once the details are ironed out, Republicans hope to have a vote in the Senate first, then the House, with the legislation done in Congress by next Wednesday, a White House official said. It can then be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Two Republican sources familiar with the outlines of the deal confirmed to NBC News that the corporate tax rate would be cut to 21 percent, while the top tax rate for individuals would drop to 37 percent from 39.6 percent. The new rates would take effect next year.

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Why Trump’s provocative Jerusalem move hasn’t sparked an intifada


Less than a week after President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Palestinian protests have largely fizzled out.

Trump's move broke with decades of precedent and U.S. policy, sparked uproar among world leaders and triggered accusations that it jeopardized the prospects of Middle East peace.

The announcement prompted the leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas to call for a new intifada — or uprising — against Israel. Hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians were killed in the last intifada in the early 2000s.

But while the most recent protests, while sometimes violent, have appeared dramatic, there has been no sign of a sustained uprising since Trump revealed his plan last Wednesday.

On Monday, fewer than 20 demonstrators gathered outside the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem and chanted pro-Palestinian slogans, but they were outnumbered by journalists.

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EU readies 'David Davis-proof' Brexit summit


The European Union plays down talk by Britain’s Brexit minister that last week’s interim accord is not binding and will launch new talks on Friday that are “David Davis-proof”, a senior EU official said.

The comment on Tuesday followed Brexit Secretary Davis’s weekend remark that outline divorce terms were more a “statement of intent” than legally binding.

The EU official told reporters that EU leaders meeting on Friday will ram home in guidelines to their negotiator that Britain must honor its agreements so far if it wants to discuss the future free trade treaty it wants.

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After Grenfell fire, same builders rehired to replace dangerous cladding, Reuters finds


Some building companies that installed dangerous cladding on social housing blocks across Britain are now winning new contracts following the Grenfell Tower blaze to remove their original work and install panels that can pass safety tests, a Reuters review shows.

The safety of high-rise buildings has come under scrutiny since the Grenfell disaster in June which killed 71 people. The British government, which ordered a series of tests to establish which types of cladding panels met fire safety rules, said those on the London tower block did not comply.

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North Korean gulags ‘as terrible, or even worse’ than Nazi camps, Auschwitz survivor says


North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un should be prosecuted for 10 separate crimes against humanity relating to atrocities committed against his own people across a network of gulags, an international committee said Tuesday.

While much of the world's attention may be focused on North Korea's nuclear capability, up to 130,000 people are believed to be detained in the country's prison camps, spirited away for arbitrary crimes such as gossiping about the state.

A report by the International Bar Association War Crimes Committee on Tuesday detailed some of the most graphic of these atrocities perpetrated by Kim's regime, widely regarded as one of the most repressive on the planet.

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Poland's new prime minister told parliament Tuesday that his government opposes what he called a two-speed European Union that he said divides nations into better and worse ones.

Mateusz Morawiecki outlined his foreign and domestic policies in a speech to lawmakers a day after he was sworn in and given the task of boosting the economy and Poland's image abroad.

Later, the lower house, which is dominated by the ruling party, voted 243-192 with no abstentions to approve Morawiecki's new governing team.

A 49-year-old former international banker, Morawiecki succeeds Beata Szydlo at the helm of the same ruling Law and Justice party team.

Poland has developed a number of recent conflicts with EU leaders who have threatened punitive actions to curb Polish moves seen as going against EU values. Morawiecki warned against ignoring Poland's voice at a time when Europe is debating its future.

"Dear Europe, Poland's piece fits perfectly into the European puzzle for sure, but it mustn't be placed the wrong way or by force, because by doing so you will destroy the picture and our piece," Morawiecki said.

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North Korea developing bio-warfare weapons at factory producing 'microbes by the tonne', US official


>Alarm initially raised in 2006 when Pyongyang's investment in smallpox and anthrax labs dismissed as 'rudimentary'

Five months before North Korea's first nuclear test in 2006, US intelligence officials sent a report to Congress warning that secret work also was underway on a biological weapon. The communist regime, which had long ago acquired the pathogens that cause smallpox and anthrax, had assembled teams of scientists but seemed to be lacking in certain technical skills, the report said.

“Pyongyang's resources presently include a rudimentary biotechnology infrastructure,” the report by the director of national intelligence explained.

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Trump attorney says FBI, DOJ ‘conflicts’ require second special counsel


A member of President Donald Trump's legal team said Tuesday that it's time to create a second special counsel to start investigating the FBI and Department of Justice.

Jay Sekulow confirmed his remarks, which were first reported by Axios, in which he said the DOJ and FBI can no longer ignore the "multiple problems" created by "obvious conflicts of interest" while a special counsel investigates allegations of collusion between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign. Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, began leading that federal probe in May.

"These new revelations require the appointment of a special counsel to investigate," Sekulow said. He said the call for another special counsel "has nothing to do with Bob Mueller or Mueller's team."

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Flight MH370 didn’t just "disappear": Historian suggests mystery was first case of remote skyjacking


>Missing Malaysia airlines plane MH370 has still not be found after searches close to Australia - but theorists suggest the plane may be buried under sheets of ice in the Antarctic

It is a mystery that has yet to be solved.

How did a plane carrying 239 passengers on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, suddenly and inexplicably vanish?

All that has been found so far of the ill-fated flight MH370 is a handful of parts, such as part of a wing, washed up on remote islands across the world.

Data shows the strange path taken by the Malaysia Airlines plane as it suddenly jerked from east to west, away from its destination of China on March 8, 2014 - but no one has been able to explain why it took this strange path, or where it lay now.

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Republicans close in on historic tax deal


Republicans are considering a 37 percent top individual tax rate and a 21 percent corporate rate as they start putting the final touches on a sweeping compromise tax overhaul.

The corporate rate would be up slightly from the 20 percent currently in both the House and Senate plans, sources said, while the top individual rate would be a cut from their proposals. The House had kept the current 39.6 percent top rate for those earning more than $1 million, while the Senate set the rate at 38.5 percent.

Negotiators were also discussing a plan to keep seven individual tax brackets, as the Senate called for, rather than paring them to four as the House wants.

Discussions are fluid and Republicans face tight fiscal restraints that limit their room to maneuver. Details surrounding the corporate rate are in particular flux as Republican leaders race to assemble a final bill, other sources said.

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Democrats rally behind Gillibrand after Trump’s ‘sexist smear’


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand blasted President Donald Trump's Twitter attack on her as a "sexist smear" on Tuesday and said it was meant to silence her and others who have accused him of sexual misconduct, while Democrats demanded an ethics investigation of the president.

But the White House said Tuesday afternoon that "only if your mind is in the gutter would you have read" the tweet as sexual innuendo.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump's tweet — in which the president claimed Gillibrand would beg for him for campaign contributions before he was elected and that she "would do anything for them" — was intended as a critique of the current campaign finance system and special interests that he's long-complained dominate Washington. His phrasing was in no way sexist, Sanders insisted, because he's used it before in reference to both male and female lawmakers.

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Thanks, Mr President! Bloomberg Says Trump Pulling Out of Paris Agreement Has Been a 'Rallying Cry'


More than six months after President Donald Trump announced he would pull the U.S. out of the global climate deal known as the Paris Agreement, about 50 world leaders, as well as major U.S. business executives and U.N. officials gathered in the French capital for a daylong climate summit, insisting that Trump’s decision had no impact—and indeed, might well have mobilized the rest of the world to unite on a key issue.

“The fact that President Trump has a different view has been a rallying cry for the pro-environmentalists groups. And that has been very helpful,” former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a press conference in Paris, when TIME asked whether the U.S. withdrawal from the climate agreement would damage efforts to reduce global carbon emissions. “So I just want to thank him for all of his assistance,” said Bloomberg, who chairs an international organization aimed at getting companies to disclose their risks to climate change. “There is not a thing that Washington can do to stop it.”

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Cassini Detected Something Weird as It Passed Through The Shadow of Saturn's Rings


Although Cassini's demise was the end of an era for unprecedented Saturn observation, it also went out on a high note.

As it swooped between Saturn and its rings in preparation for its final plunge, the spacecraft captured as much information as it could - and beamed it back to scientists on Earth.

Now astronomers have announced that as Cassini passed through Saturn's ionosphere, at altitudes between 2,600 and 4,000 kilometres (1,615 and 2,485 miles), it found something curious: the shadows cast by the rings block the Sun's ultraviolet radiation, reducing ionisation in those regions.

Effectively, the rings significantly change the gas giant's atmosphere in a way we didn't know about before.

That Saturn's rings are more than just a pretty face has been known for a while. In the 1980s, NASA scientists theorised that bands on Saturn could have been caused by rain of charged water particles from the planet's rings - and in 2013, they announced that they'd found evidence for it.

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Illegal immigrant found guilty in murder of family of five in San Francisco


An illegal immigrant from Vietnam faces life in prison after being convicted Monday in the 2012 hammer-killing of a family of five after losing money at a casino earlier in the evening.

Binh Thai Luc, who had a violent criminal history and was supposed to be deported in 2006, was found guilty in the murders of a family of Chinese immigrants. He was also found guilty of five counts of attempted robbery and two counts of burglary.

Luc, who was in debt and served an eviction notice, killed the family during a robbery after he lost money at a casino on March 23, 2012.

Prosecutors said the family kept thousands of dollars in cash in the San Francisco home. Luc had more than $6,500 with him during his arrest. The jury was told that Luc settled his debt after the killings.

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I broke my silence on Roy Moore. Now I'm saying #NoMoore in the Alabama election.


I’ve known Roy Moore since 1981, so perhaps you can imagine my shock when he decided to change his story after speaking with Sean Hannity and lie — twice — about not knowing me, or knowing any of the women The Washington Post spoke with in November.

Having claimed no sexual misconduct myself, I simply answered honestly that I had dated Moore for a few months when I was 17 and he was 34. I did not “wait 36 years to come out,” as some people have claimed; there was nothing to come out about, as he dated me very publicly. From the Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville on our first date in March of 1981 to my high school graduation night on May 22, 1981, to the kisses we exchanged at the Attalla Country Club pool concession area, there was nothing secret about our relationship. With 180 fellow graduates and a stadium full of family and friends and well wishers, it would be more challenging to find someone in Etowah County, Alabama in the spring of 1981 who was not aware that we dated.

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Council leader attacks closure of schools due to snow, saying they have 'no excuses'


A council leader has attacked the closure of dozens of schools on account of snow, saying they have “no excuses” as roads are "perfectly passable".

More than 30 schools around Swindon, Wilts were closed this week amid staff shortages during the cold snap.

David Renard, the Conservative leader of Swindon Council said: “There are no excuses that so many Swindon schools are closed when the roads are perfectly passable causing huge inconvenience to parents”. He added that gritting crews “have done a great job over the weekend keeping our main routes clear. Getting around Town has been easy.”

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Jean-Claude Juncker must take urgent steps to explain his role in the illegal Luxembourg wiretap scandal, a former senior intelligence officer awaiting trial in connection with the scandal has told The Daily Telegraph.

Mr Juncker resigned as Luxembourg prime minister in 2013 in the wake of the scandal in which Luxembourg intelligence chiefs were accused of the unauthorised tapping of phones, bugging politicians and keeping some 13,000 secret files.

The 63-year-old European Commission president has denied any wrongdoing, but has been dragged back into the scandal after fresh evidence emerged suggesting that members of his staff had tampered with crucial evidence.

The new evidence, which led to the postponing of a trial of three senior formers members of Luxembourg’s SREL intelligence service, according to The Times, showed that a key telephone transcript had apparently been doctored.

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Salma Hayek: Harvey Weinstein 'threatened to kill me'


Salma Hayek has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing and threatening to kill her, writing for the first time of the horrors she was subjected to while she was starring in and producing Frida.

Hayek, 51, published a harrowing op-ed in The New York Times on Wednesday entitled "Harvey Weinstein is my monster too", detailing the abuse she was subjected to while trying to produce the 2002 biopic of Frida Kahlo.

"Harvey Weinstein was a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster," she writes. "For years, he was my monster."

After Weinstein, at the peak of his producing power, said yes to the passion project of Hayek - then a relative unknown - she said: "It would become my turn to say no."

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Police should not stop and search when they smell cannabis, says official guidance


Police officers should not routinely stop and search someone simply because they smell cannabis, according to official guidance.

While being caught in possession of the Class B drug can result in a five year prison sentence, police are being advised to walk away even if they strongly suspect someone may have been using the substance.

The official guidance was issued by the College of Policing, which helps formulate the training for all officers in England and Wales.

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Pedophile stopped at Sydney Airport by anti-sex tourism law


A convicted child molester has been prevented from flying overseas from Sydney Airport under new laws aimed at keeping Australian pedophiles out of Southeast Asian sex tourist markets.

Laws that took effect on Wednesday prevent 20,000 convicted pedophiles listed on the Australian child sex offender register from leaving the country except for specific purposes approved by law enforcement agencies.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop would not say where the pedophile stopped in Sydney was headed. He is being questioned by police.

It is now a federal crime punishable by up to five years in prison for registered child molesters to leave the country without law enforcement agencies' permission.

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Canadian cannabis companies get $2 Billion Investment, 2 times more than the entire global legalized


Canadian cannabis companies are on a fundraising spree. New York-based Viridian Capital Advisors has reported, that Canadian cannabis industry has got $2b as investment following the announcement of legalization processes.

The capital raised through 189 transactions will be used for cultivation, retail, and deal-making.

The capital exceeds by a significant margin than the US$937.4 million raised by the entire global legalized cannabis industry at this point of 2016.

Harrison Phillips, vice-president at Viridian said the adult use of Cannabis will exceed the medical market in next few years.

“While the medical market is expected to continue to grow over the next several years, the size of the coming adult-use market is expected to far exceed that of the medical side,”– he said.

The US$1.5775 billion raised in Canada also makes up more than half of the raised money tracked by Viridian this year in the legalized industry, which was a total of US$2.696 billion via 366 transactions.

“Companies have been raising significant amounts of capital, primarily to increase capacity to satisfy the coming surge in expected demand.” — he added.

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Islamic countries declare East Jerusalem capital of occupied Palestine



>OIC summit statement condemns US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital, and brands Israel 'racist'

The biggest grouping of Islamic nations put aside differences and recognised East Jerusalem as the capital of occupied Palestine, the most concrete response yet to the American move of recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The surprise announcement came despite Saudi Arabia and its allies sending low-level officials to the heads of state Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul on Wednesday, suggesting an unwillingness to adopt a strong position.

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A Russian hacker accused of stealing from Russian banks reportedly confessed in court that he hacked the U.S. Democratic National Committee (DNC) and stole Hillary Clinton’s emails under the direction of agents from Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).

According to Russian news site The Bell, Konstantin Kozlovsky, a Russian citizen working for a hacker group called Lurk, confessed to hacking Clinton’s emails during a hearing about his arrest in August. An audio recording and minutes from the hearing were posted on Kozlovsky’s Facebook page, and their authenticity was reportedly confirmed by The Bell.

In a handwritten letter that also appears in a photo on his Facebook page, Kozlovsky admits to hacking the DNC on the orders of an FSB agent he called “Ilya.”

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Egyptian Singer Jailed By Muslim Officials For Suggestively Eating A Banana


The charges are similar to another case that happened last year where three female dancers were sentenced to six months in prison each after being convicted of inciting debauchery with provocative dancing in music videos.

The female form should be celebrated and dancing to music is a form of art that doesn't hurt anyone. It's hard to believe even a single person actually thinks that eating a banana caused harm to anyone or incited some kind of riot or sexual rampage.

Yet another singer is facing trial for "spreading provocative publicity" because she suggested drinking from the River Nile could make you sick. The charge occurred after a lawsuit was filed last month over a video that showed Sherine Abdel Wahab being asked at a concert to sing Mashrebtesh Men Nilah or 'Have You Drunk From The Nile?'

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Jesse Ventura Wins Lawsuit Against Deceased 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle


Ventura was widely criticized for going through with the lawsuit even after the tragic death of Kyle himself at the hands of a fellow veteran. Chris Kyle was one of the U.S. military's most prized soldiers with the title of most confirmed kills in combat. During his five combat tours, Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle racked up an impressive total of 160 confirmed kills.

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Immigrant ‘Lasermannen Sniper’ Serial Shooter Goes On Trial In Germany


For Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, he was ‘an inspiration’, for Swedish police ‘a riddle.’ And just when you think the world has heard the last of Mr. Ausonius, another trial against him starts.

This time in Germany, as he is accused of shooting Ms. Blanka Zmigrod, a German holocaust survivor who worked in a Swedish restaurant where he visited in February of 1992. Two weeks after his visit, he came back to the restaurant and claimed Ms. Zmigrod had stolen his electronic Casio notebook from his pocket.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer Arrives With A Boom


In this film, it appears we get a better look at the political side of the events in the movies that we never got before as Jeff Goldblum's character can be seen testifying at a court proceeding with apparently powerful figures at the helm.

Getting a perspective that shows what the government has to say about the dinosaur-filled island will be interesting but that's far from all the film has to offer.

The creators of the film say that this time around they are taking the opportunity to get the most out of practical effects and animatronics as possible. The previous film's director, Colin Trevorrow, tweeted an early look at a scene with an animatronic baby dino.

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Video - German Farmer Runs Over 6 Speeding Cameras With Tractor


In any case, over in Germany, more specifically in the small commune of Gernsheim, some 50 kilometers from Frankfurt, a local farmer seems to have really had it in for the newly placed speeding cameras (called ‘Blitzer’ in German) in his town.

In all, the local government had placed 6 brand new cameras on poles across the town of 20,000 people, hoping to reduce the already very low death and accident rate even further. German efficiency, you know.

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Tanzania Pardoned Two Child Rapists But Called For Arrest Of Pregnant Teens


The country's president, John Magufuli, is being accused of "promoting a culture of human rights violations" after pardoning two men who were convicted of raping 10 kids between ages six and eight. The Tanzanian president also released thousands of other prisoners in his independence day speech on Saturday.

News of the pedophile rapists' release emerged simultaneously as another government official called for pregnant pupils to be taken into custody. John Mongella, the regional commissioner of Mwanza, explained the move would force girls to testify against those who impregnated them.

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Boom! Major ICE Operation in NJ Nets 101 Federal Criminal Illegal Aliens for Deportation


We, the people, do not want them in our country. We, the people, do not want them draining our resources. We, the people, want current federal immigration laws enforced, and that's exactly what's happening under President Trump through the battle-hardened ICE agency which has dedicated its entire organization to shutting down Federal Criminal Illegal Aliens in America and sending them the hell back to wherever they came from!

A major five-day operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in New Jersey just completed.

During that operation, the goals were targeting at-large Federal Criminal Illegal Aliens, illegal re-entrants, and other immigration violators.

The operation was supported by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) New Jersey Field Office.

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Two Black Thieves in Pennsylvania Murder a White Verizon Employee in Failed Robbery


That would all be cut short when two savages decided they were going to attempt to kidnap the manager and force him back to the store he worked at in order to loot the premises of valuable electronics.

According to police the two primitive killers, 27-year-old Vaughn Felix, and 27-year-old Gregory Lewis decided that they'd follow Michael Davis home from his job at the Verizon store in Forks Township, outside Northampton County, to his home on Eldridge Drive in Palmer Township.

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Woman’s Eyes Damaged by Staring at the Solar Eclipse Without Eye Gear


Alarmingly, advanced retina scans, performed at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai showed the damage in the woman’s eye in the shape of the sun with the silhouette of the moon crossing its outer edge. The authors of the study also said that the woman described a corresponding “hole “in the center of her vision, by sketching a similar shape of what appears like a cookie with a bite out of it.

The woman’s doctor also explained that her right eye was not as severely damaged because the left eye happens to be her dominant eye.

Further scans were performed on the woman six weeks later but retina surgeon Avnish Deobhakta said the damage remained visible.

A Pennyslyvania man also suffered damage in one eye. Doctors said he looked at the eclipse in August with one eye. He looked with one eye and he got fired.

Doctors cannot establish for now if the damage suffered by the two eclipse-watchers will be permanent. Unfortunately, for now, the signs are not encouraging.

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Six Get Death Penalty For Honor Killing


Honor killings exist in Shariah Law as a way to punish those who bring shame or dishonor upon a family, often the victims are murdered by members of their own family. A total of 11 people were arrested in connection with the slaying of Shankar, a Dalit youth, and his wife Kausalya.

The case is believed to be the first such conviction in a case of murder perpetrated due to caste-based discrimination. A trial court awarded the death penalty to six persons, including one of the victim's father for conspiring to kill her boyfriend. Of the remaining five suspects, one was given a life sentence, another was given five years in prison, and three were acquitted after the prosecution failed to prove their involvement.

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Anti-Trump Dems like Charles Barkley Insults Intelligence of Alabama Voters who Support Roy Moore


Then, to make matters worse, the Hall of Famer said that Roy Moore’s supporters in Alabama were, “brainwashed.

For you to come here, Charles Barkley, with your millions of dollars (extremely uneducated, just listening to you speak proves this) and forget that you made your money throwing a basketball into a hoop, while insulting the good people and the Christians of Alabama, well Charles, go fuck yourself.

“All you have to do is talk about God and say you don’t like homosexuals, and abortion,” he said. “People are calling me saying, ‘Really Charles? Really?’ I’m embarrassed by it.”

We're embarrassed by you Charles, make no mistake.

It's really simple. Don't you ever come down to our paradise, and slap us in the face again, you maggot, you parasitic waste of human existence, you sell-out scumbag.

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France lures U.S. scientists with anti-Trump climate grants


Several U.S.-based climate scientists are about to win multi-year, all-expenses-paid grants to relocate to France.

The "Make Our Planet Great Again" grants are an effort by French President Emmanuel Macron to counter U.S. President Donald Trump on the climate change front. Macron announced a competition for the grants hours after Mr. Trump declared he would withdraw the U.S. from the global accord reached in Paris in 2015 to reduce climate-damaging emissions.

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Marshall Faulk, Donovan McNabb and others named by ex-NFL staffer in sexual harassment suit

A former NFL Network employee has accused a former executive producer and multiple ex-players who work for the network of inappropriate conduct in a lawsuit amended on Monday, Bloomberg reported.

Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist at the network, has named Eric Weinberger, Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans as a part of a lawsuit against NFL Enterprises in Los Angeles Superior Court, the report states.

Former NFL network analyst Donovan McNabb, who appears on ESPN, was also named in the suit. Cantor alleges that she received sexually explicit texts from him.

An ESPN rep said McNabb "will not appear on our networks as the investigation proceeds."

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Trump will announce new US security strategy on Monday: adviser

U.S. President Donald Trump will announce a new security strategy Monday, White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on Tuesday.

The new security blueprint will focus on protecting the U.S. homeland, advancing U.S. prosperity, preserving "peace through strength" and advancing American Influence, McMaster said at an appearance with his British counterpart, Mark Sedwill.

McMaster condemned what he said was Russian involvement in a new generation of warfare, including internal political subversion, as well as economic aggression by China



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Nintendo has sold more than 10 million Switch consoles since launch

Nintendo has sold more than 10 million Switch consoles worldwide as it aims to top first-year sales of the original Wii.

Solid Black Friday promotions helped Nintendo cross the 10 million units sold mark. If the company is able to maintain its momentum through the holiday shopping season, Nintendo could very well set some new records.

In October, Nintendo increased Switch shipment projections for the year ending March 2018, pushing the estimate up from 10 million to 14 million units. For comparison, Nintendo only sold 13.6 million Wii U consoles during its five-year lifespan.

Sales likely would have been even higher had Nintendo not run into production issues early on. That appears to be in the past, however, as most retailers I’ve seen lately have the system in stock and ready to go.

Reggie Fils-Aime, president and COO of Nintendo of America, said Nintendo’s line-up of self-published games has also fueled Switch sales. Three titles – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey – have been purchased by more than 50 percent of Switch owners. One in four people have purchased Splatoon 2, Fils-Aime added.

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President Trump Drinks 12 Diet Cokes A day


Diet coke has no sugar, but the acid in it is still bad for your teeth. In previous studies, it has been found that there is a terrible similarity between the effects of females and diet soda on teeth. For those who drink 2 liters of diet drink a day, "severe tooth decay" is observed.

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Shia LaBeouf Calls For Investigation into HWNDU Flag Thief Suspects


He went as far as to call the HWNDU flag culprits “neo-nazis”, which many find amusing, to say the least.

It's hilarious that he makes these judgment calls because Shia himself is a woman-beating piece of human garbage.

Law enforcement sources in Greene County, which is where the “crime” occurred allegedly told TMZ that a police report was filed in March, but the Sheriff's office just assigned a Detective to the case to investigate.

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NY Suicide Bomber Family 'Outraged' At How They Are Treated


He had learned how to make explosives online and constructed the bomb about a week ago. It is so far unclear whether he put the bomb together in the apartment where he lived with his father mother and brother (in a residential area of Brooklyn with a large Bangladeshi community) or at the electrical company where he works with his brother. He used to work as a taxi driver but lost his license in 2015 apparently, according to law enforcement officials and NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.

He at first arrived in the country from Bangladesh on an F-4 visa, available to those with family in the US, around seven years ago. Police officers were searching an address linked to Mr Ullah in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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Surgeon found dead in home was sued by ex-Giant for ‘ending his career’

The prominent Manhattan surgeon found dead in his Upper East Side apartment Sunday with a knife sticking out of his chest was sued last year by a former Giants running back who claimed the doctor ended his football career.

Dr. Dean Lorich, who gained fame for treating U2 frontman Bono after his 2014 bike accident, performed surgery on Michael Cox, now 29, after he suffered a broken leg during a Nov. 9, 2014, game in Seattle, according to the ex-player’s lawyer, Steven North.

The doctor, who was associate director of the Orthopedic Trauma Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery, mended Cox’s fibula — but didn’t fix one of his damaged ankle bones, North alleged.

“We maintain that it should have been repaired before it got worse, and it wasn’t,” the lawyer said.

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Synaptics Partners with “Top 5” OEM for In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

Smartphone owners have been using biometric authentication for years now, but recently, it’s dramatically. That’s mostly thanks to fingerprint-scannning technology, which has become pretty much ubiquitous on smartphones. There’s only one problem: The scanners tend to take up a lot of space. Luckily, the solution might be around the corner. On Tuesday, Synaptics announced that it’ll begin mass production of its Clear ID in-display fingerprint sensors with a “top 5” OEM.

Synaptics announced Clear ID (FS9500) back in December of 2016, and it’s positioning it as an optical solution for wet, dry and cold fingers. But Synaptics isn’t the only one with an in-screen fingerprint scanner.

Back MWC 2017, Qualcomm took the wrap off its platform, which uses ultrasonic scanning to detect and authenticate fingerprints. The chipmaker teamed up with Vivo to demonstrate it, and while it has its drawbacks — it’s slower than traditional capacitive scanners, for one — it’s highly accurate.

Samsung’s reportedly developing an under-display fingerprint sensor, too, a rumor that gained credence when Samsung ditched front-facing hardware buttons on its recent Galaxy flagships in order to shrink phones’ bottom bezels. But it’s so far struggled to overcome logistics, security, and yield issues; as of publication time, the latest rumblings suggest it’ll stick with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for the upcoming Galaxy S9.

It remains to be seen which company will get its tech in a consumer product first. Sadly, Synaptics didn’t disclose which OEM it signed a contract with, but chances are pretty good we’ll see it in a 2018 smartphone. According to the company, the mystery product will be on display at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.



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Rand Paul Raises Questions About His Tax Bill Vote With Tweet About Deficits

Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, raised questions about how he will vote on the Republican-backed tax plan by tweeting he "cannot in good conscience vote to add more to the already massive $20 trillion debt."

Paul, who voted to move tax legislation out of the Senate, said, "I promised Kentucky to vote against reckless, deficit spending and I will do just that."

It wasn't clear whether Paul's tweet referred to the tax bill that Congress is considering, which is estimated by the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation to add more than $1 trillion to the national debt over the next 10 years, or to a spending bill that has to be passed by Dec. 22 to keep the government running.

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World's Second-Tallest Building Opens With a Whimper After Delay

After more than two years of red tape that kept tenants from moving in, China’s tallest skyscraper, the Shanghai Tower, has been quietly opening and filling office space.

More than 60 companies now occupy office space on its 128 floors – including some big names in China finance, such as Ant Financial, controlled by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s billionaire founder Jack Ma. The building’s basement burger joint, Fatburger & Fatbar, is positioning itself as a go-to spot for after-work drinks.

But don’t expect a party – despite the $2.4 billion building being the most expensive ever built in China, its boast of being the second-tallest in the world, having the world’s fastest elevator and some of the world’s most advanced architectural software and technology.

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U.S. producer prices rise strongly, point to firming inflation

U.S. producer prices rose in November as gasoline prices surged and the cost of other goods increased, leading to the largest annual gain in nearly six years.

The fairly strong report from the Labor Department on Tuesday suggested a broad acceleration in wholesale price pressures, which could assuage concerns among some Federal Reserve officials over persistently low inflation.

“This demand-led price push from higher commodity prices is a classic early warning signal that consumer goods will also see increasing inflationary pressures,” said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at MUFG in New York.

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Donald Trump Vows to End Chain Migration and Visa Lottery in Response to Terror Attacks

President Donald Trump reacted to the recent terrorist attacks in New York City, vowing to respond with tougher immigration policies.

Citing Monday’s failed suicide bomber attempt, Trump pointed out that his presence in the United States was a result of chain migration. He also cited the Home Depot truck attack as the result of the Visa lottery program.

“We’re going to end them. Fast. Congress must get involved immediately, and they are involved immediately and I can tell you we have tremendous support,” he said. “They will be ended. ”

The president made his remarks on Tuesday afternoon during a signing ceremony for the military spending authorization bill.

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Roy Moore arrives at polling place on horseback to vote for himself in special election

Former Alabama state judge Roy Moore arrived at his polling station, the Gallant Fire Department, just after 11:30 a.m. eastern time Tuesday.

He showed up on horseback, riding his horse named “Sassy.”

AL.com called Moore arriving to his polling station on horseback a “family tradition.” Moore’s wife Kayla, also rode in on horseback.

“I think it’s a good thing to do, I won the last time I rode a horse, I think maybe have good favor,” Moore told CNN during his Republican primary runoff against Sen. Luther Strange.

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Former Fox News anchor says she rebuffed Trump kiss in 2005


A former Fox News anchor said Friday that President Donald Trump tried to kiss her after a lunch visit to Trump Tower in 2005.

Juliet Huddy, a current radio host in New York City and a former news anchor on Fox News, said she rebuffed an overture from the real-estate mogul after the two met at his luxury Manhattan high-rise.

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Does Bitcoin Use As Much Energy As Ireland?


In order to get Bitcoin, the math problems computers must solve to make more of it (a process called “mining”) get more and more difficult, a wrinkle in the system which was designed to control the currency’s supply.

It is estimated to in order to mine one Bitcoin, the same amount of energy is used to power nine homes in the US for one day. If you calculate that per number of Bitcoin being mined at the moment, you get an estimated energy use of 31 terawatt-hours per year. More than 150 individual countries in the world consume less energy annually.

If data from Eurostat (from 2015) is to be compared, Denmark consumes 30.7 terawatts of electricity and the Republic of Ireland consumed 25.07 terawatts.

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Former Gawker Employees Attempt to Resurrect Website

Former employees of the gossip blog Gawker, which was shut down in 2016, are attempting to raise enough cash to purchase the rights to the website and relaunch it.

Employees of the now-defunct Gawker website are attempting to raise $500,000 via Kickstarter to purchase the rights to the clickbait gossip blog and relaunch it. Gawker shut down in August 2016, following a lengthy legal battle with former WWE superstar Hulk Hogan. Gawker Media was ordered to pay over $140 million to Hogan for publishing the former wrestler’s sex tape. It was later revealed that tech billionaire Peter Thiel funded Hogan’s lawsuit as a method of retaliation against the website which outed him as gay years earlier, Thiel stated that shutting Gawker down was “one of my greater philanthropic things that I’ve done.”

“Gawker isn’t gone, it’s up for auction. The person who drove the site into bankruptcy wants to buy it,” states the new Gawker Kickstarter page, likely referring to Peter Thiel’s interest in purchasing the site, We’re a group of former Gawker Media employees across editorial, tech, and business, and we want to put in our own bid to buy it back. We believe the site can thrive in an entirely membership funded model.”

The former employees outlined their main aims in purchasing the rights to the website,

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Pedophile Walt Disney Executive Jonathan Heely Arrested for Multiple Child Rape Charges


Jonathan Heely has been charged with three counts of lewd acts upon children, the youngest of which was under the age of 14-years-old, according to the felony charges issued against him.

The Disney Executive who's since been arrested for child sex abuse is alleged to have “willfully, unlawfully, and lewdly commit a lewd and lascivious act upon and with the body and certain parts and members thereof (Victim 1), a child under the age of fourteen years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions and sexual desires of the said defendant and the said child,” according to official court documents.

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Former Massachusetts Senator, Democrat Brian Joyce, now Facing 113 Count Federal Indictment!


Brian Joyce is reported to have gained over $1 million through both bribes and kickbacks that he personally benefited from, as well as using his law firm to help stash the cash.

Alongside the charges of bribery, Brian Joyce has also been charged with racketeering, extortion, honest services fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy to defraud the IRS, according to a shocking report from Newsweek.

At 55-years-old, these new charges brought against the Democrat really make you wonder how long he's been involved in such criminal activities.

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UPDATE: Body of 3-year-old North Carolina Girl Found


Strangely, investigators have stayed tight-lipped over what happened to Mariah Woods. However, they left little doubt Earl Kimrey knew how she died and was trying to cover it up. Kimrey was charged late Friday with concealing of death.

"It was too late to save Mariah the moment the 911 call came in," FBI agent Stanley Meador said of the call the girl's mother made Monday to report her missing. "The arrest warrants are public record and the records speaks for themselves. We will not discuss any details related to the homicide investigation."

The arrest warrants indicate that Kimrey removed the girl's body from the place where she died and knew that her death was not natural. After a period of sixteen hours following the announcement of Kimrey's arrest, Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller said the girl's body was found by dive teams around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

It turns out that the body was in a creek in Pender County about 25 miles from the home Mariah shared with Kimrey in Jacksonville, FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said in a statement with few other details. The medical examiner still needs to identify the body, but investigators are confident it is Mariah, Lynch said.

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Donald Trump sends America back to the Moon


President Donald Trump formally announced last night that he is sending Americans back to the moon.

Nearly half a century after the last human being set foot on the lunar surface in 1972, Mr Trump said the moon would be used as a stepping stone to a Mars landing.

He signed "Space Policy Directive 1" which ordered Nasa to "lead an innovative space exploration programme to send American astronauts back to the Moon, and eventually Mars".

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Strong 6-magnitude quake rocks western Iran


Iranian state TV says a 6-magnitude earthquake has jolted a western region near the border with Iraq.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage from the temblor, which struck Monday near the site of a 7.2-magnitude quake that caused more than 600 deaths in November.

Iran is prone to near-daily quakes as it sits on major fault lines. In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

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For the first time in 14 years, the best university in the world isn't in America


For the first time in 14 years, an American college didn't crack the top two in a ranking of the best universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 list.

United Kingdom-based Oxford and Cambridge Universities came in No.1 and No. 2, respectively.

Times Higher Ed reviews the top 1,000 universities in the world looking at factors of teaching, research, and influence to rank them.

It reviews quantitative factors, like the number of times a university's published work is cited by scholars globally, and qualitative factors, like peer surveys, to assemble the ranking.

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Ambassador Haley says Trump accusers have right to be heard


U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that the women who accused President Donald Trump of sexual impropriety have a right to be heard.

Haley, speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," broke from the Trump administration line on the 16 sexual misconduct allegations that face the president. The White House has said that the women who have accused Trump were lying and voters rejected their accusations when they elected Trump.

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Bullied Teen Keaton Jones' GoFundMe Paused Due To His Mom's "Racist" Post On Facebook


After the video got really popular, a campaign page was started by Joseph Lam for the bullied teen.

"I came across this video on facebook of Kim Jones and her son Keaton," a description for the campaign page read. "Keaton is being bullied at school. This video really touched my heart. I decided to do this GoFund Me to help with this child's future."

The message continued, "I know that money may not be the answer to this problem that we are facing in our communities with bullying. One of my biggest fears as a parent is that my children will be bullied in school. I know it's a big task to tackle but it starts inside of our walls and the values that we teach our children. This is just one case of thousands out there. How many of our children stay in silence out of fear for their safety or for the fear of being further unaccepted. Over 3.2 million kids have bullied annually. 160,000 kids on a daily basis skip school out of fear of being bullied. They just want to be accepted and to be able to learn in a safe environment. I'm so glad Kim posted this video of her son. It shows how bullying can really impact a child. The video that she posted really touched my heart and felt compelled to help. This is the best way that I knew how."

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Treasury Department releases analysis of GOP tax plan. It’s only one page long.


The Treasury Department on Monday released a brief one-page analysis of the Republican tax plan — despite Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s earlier claims that “over 100 people” within the department were working on a detailed analysis.

"We are pleased to release an analysis demonstrating the revenue impact of the administration's economic agenda," Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs banker, said in a statement Monday.

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Peppa Pig piling pressure on NHS with 'unrealistic' image of GPs


From the ageing population to a chronic staffing shortage, there are no end of reasons commonly given for the crisis afflicting General Practice.

But, until now at least, no one has sought to lay the blame at the trotters of a cartoon character adored by millions of children - none other than Peppa Pig.

That, however, is precisely the thrust of a new article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), which blames Peppa’s highly dedicated and responsive GP, Dr Brown Bear, for single-handedly fostering unrealistic expectations about family doctors.

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Second Jewish building in Sweden attacked with firebombs


>Molotov cocktails thrown at chapel in Malmo cemetery, two days after synagogue in Gothenburg hit; on Friday, marchers in Malmo vowed to 'shoot the Jews'

Swedish police on Monday said they were probing an attempted arson against a Jewish chapel after a similar attack against a synagogue, which came in the wake of the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Two burning objects were thrown at the chapel, located at a Jewish cemetery, in Sweden’s third largest city of Malmo, the Jewish assembly said in a statement on Monday.

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Super Robot Wars X Announced for Japan and Southeast Asia

It’s a good time to be a Super Robot Wars fan. Super Robot Wars X has just been announced by Bandai Namco as the latest entry in the series.

Furthermore, Series Producer Takanobu Terada and Producer Shinya Satake have confirmed an English subtitle version for Southeast Asia available on April 26th, 2018.

New additions to the game includes mechs and characters from Gundam Reconguista in G, Buddy Complex, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water and Mashin Hero Wataru.

Super Robot Wars X is available physically and digitally for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on March 29th, 2018 in Japan. The game will be available physically and digitally for the same platforms as well for Southeast Asia. The previous game, Super Robot Wars V, was also available in English for Southeast Asia.



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Erdogan: Issue of Russian S-400 delivery to Turkey will be resolved this week

A Russian-Turkish deal on Moscow supplying Ankara with its S-400 air defense systems will be finalized this week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said following his meeting with the Russian president in Ankara.

Russian and Turkish officials will be meeting to seal the deal, Erdogan told the media in the Turkish capital where he held talks with President Vladimir Putin Monday. The Russian leader also confirmed that "perspectives for wider military and technical cooperation" were discussed during the bilateral negotiations.

Putin said they had an "open and constructive conversation," adding that further steps to enhance trade and economic ties had been explored.

Views on bilateral relations as well as regional issues were exchanged, the two leaders told journalists. Pointing out that Moscow and Ankara "have a similar approach" towards a number of burning issues in the Middle East, Putin and Erdogan outlined their positions on developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as the situation in Syria.

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Verizon’s new streaming deal opens up NFL games to other carriers

Last month, we told you about a new deal in the works between the NFL and Verizon. That rumored deal would end Verizon’s exclusive right to stream in-market games on devices with seven-inch displays and smaller. This agreement has kept other operators like Sling, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV from streaming games on cell phones even as the popularity of cord-cutting has increased. Now, Verizon and the NFL have announced a new deal that confirms those earlier rumors.

The deal will officially take effect in January of 2018. When it kicks in, streamers will be able to watch games regardless of what network they’re using. This includes all in-market and national games, as well as pre-season, playoff games, and the Super Bowl.

Verizon will now be able to distribute the games via its many digital outlets. Verizon owns Oath, an umbrella company for all of its digital content companies like AOL and Yahoo. Unsurprisingly, Verizon will now deliver games via Yahoo, Yahoo Sports, AOL, and its go90 streaming app. Games will still be available on the NFL mobile app too. Verizon’s coverage of the NFL will include more than just the games and highlights. It also includes, “coverage of NFL throughout the week and year, and a robust set of jointly-developed original content.”

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GOP Tax Bill Will Cause Dem States To Face Reality

Republicans’ proposals to reform the U.S. tax code have revealed the exorbitant tax rates Democratic-controlled states have saddled on their citizens, and the Democrats’ response is making them look clueless.

House and Senate Republicans bills, respectively, slash the corporate tax rates, reduce the number of tax brackets and individual tax rates, lower tax rates on the majority of American small businesses, incentivize capital investment through short-term expensing, increase tax credits for having children (which Democratic senators voted against) and include a number of other arguably positive features.

Democrats in elected office and the media are doing everything within their power to sow disdain for the Republican reform effort in the hearts of American voters, arguing that GOP lawmakers are giving concessions to the wealthy at the expense of middle-class taxpayers and are working to increase the federal deficit–a complete diversion from conservative orthodoxy.

The New York Times editorial board openly lobbied its readers and the public days before the Senate voted to contact their senators and rail against Senate Republicans’ bill. The Times opinion page specifically called out the Senate’s bill “$1.4 trillion” increase to the federal deficit — the amount the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts the deficit to rise in ten years.

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Comcast drops bid for Fox assets, leaving Disney in pole position

Comcast said on Monday it had abandoned its bid for most of the assets of Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, leaving Walt Disney Co as the sole suitor in pursuit of the $40 billion-plus deal.

“When a set of assets like Fox’s becomes available, it is our responsibility to evaluate if there is a strategic fit that could benefit our company and our shareholders,” Comcast said in a statement. “That is what we tried to do and we are no longer engaged in the review of those assets. We never got the level of engagement needed to make a definitive offer.”

Disney’s negotiations with Fox are continuing, and a deal could be reached as early as this month, sources close to the situation said on Monday. The persons asked not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential.

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Donald Trump: United States Should Return to the Moon and Explore ‘Many Worlds Beyond’

President Donald Trump signed his new space policy directive, urging the United States to return to the moon, and travel to Mars and beyond.

The president said he wanted the send American astronauts back to the Moon for “long-term exploration and use.”

“This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint, we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars,” he said. “And perhaps, someday, to many worlds beyond.”

Trump hosted astronaut Jack Schmitt, the last American to land on the moon, at the White House, as well as astronauts Christina Koch and Peggy Whitson.

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Ex-wife of crooner Eddie Fisher claims Larry King groped her twice

Terry Richard, an ex-wife of singer Eddie Fisher, claims that former CNN talk show host Larry King groped her at a public event on two separate occasions, she told DailyMailTV in an exclusive interview.

Richard says the groping incidents took place in 2005 and again in 2006, both at a baseball awards dinner at Universal Studios, in Los Angeles.

The 63-year-old Richard said in the first incident, while posing together for a photo, King slid his hand down her backless dress and rested his fingers in between her butt cheeks.

The photo, during which King allegedly groped Richard for the first time, was featured in a local newspaper and the clipping was obtained by DailyMailTV.

Richard claims the second time was also while they were taking a photo together, and King, now 84, squeezed her butt so hard that it left a large bruise.

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Port Authority Bomber Was Inspired by ISIS Christmas Attacks, Officials Say

A would-be suicide bomber set off a pipe bomb strapped to his body during the morning rush hour on Monday, deep inside one of Manhattan’s busiest commuter corridors, the police said.

He chose the location because of its Christmas-themed posters, recalling strikes in Europe against Christmas markets, he told investigators, and set off the bomb in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria and elsewhere, several law enforcement officials said.

The blast echoed through the subway tunnels just off Times Square, and filled parts of the Port Authority Bus Terminal with smoke as commuters fled into the streets to escape what the authorities quickly concluded was an act of terror.

A suspect, identified by the police as Akayed Ullah, 27, an immigrant from Bangladesh who lived in Brooklyn, was in police custody. He suffered burns to his hands and abdomen, and was in serious condition at Bellevue Hospital Center, according to Daniel A. Nigro, the commissioner of the New York Fire Department. Three other people had minor injuries, he said.

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The New Yorker Fires Star Reporter Ryan Lizza Over ‘Improper Sexual Conduct’

The New Yorker has let go of its star reporter Ryan Lizza amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the magazine confirmed Monday.

“The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct. We have reviewed the matter and, as a result, have severed ties with Lizza,” a spokesperson for the magazine said. “Due to a request for privacy, we are not commenting further.”

In a separate statement, Lizza disputed the magazine’s description of his firing: “I am dismayed that The New Yorker has decided to characterize a respectful relationship with a woman I dated as somehow inappropriate. The New Yorker was unable to cite a company policy that was violated.”

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China denies using social media to infiltrate German politics and business circles


China's spy agency created fake LinkedIn profiles to infiltrate political and business circles, a German intelligence service has said. China has called on Germany to avoid undermining bilateral relations.

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Simon Harris: It would be 'desirable' to use Oireachtas abortion committee's findings for referendum


Health Minister Simon Harris has backed calls for the Oireachtas abortion committee's findings to be used as the template for next year's eighth amendment referendum despite claims substantial changes could be made before a vote.

Mr Harris said such a move would be "desirable" and "obviously makes sense", despite noting this is "just my gut answer" and that he will need to wait until the exact recommendations are agreed over the coming days.

Speaking to RTE Radio's Today With Sean O'Rourke programme before the committee meets in private on Wednesday to vote on its recommendation proposals before providing a report to the Oireachtas by December 20, Mr Harris said he does not believe the eighth amendment should be in the Constitution.

Asked about widespread reports the committee will recommend a repeal of the eighth amendment and the allowance of abortion in all cases up to 12 weeks, Mr Harris said he has "never sat on the fence" on the issue and believes such a recommendation should be acted upon.

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Saudi Arabia to allow movie theatres to open after 35-year ban


Saudi Arabia announced Monday it will allow movie theatres to open in the conservative kingdom next year for the first time in more than 35 years.

It's the latest stark reversal in a county where movie theatres were shut down in the 1980s during a wave of ultraconservatism. Many of Saudi Arabia's clerics view Western movies and even Arabic films made in Egypt and Lebanon as sinful.

Despite decades of ultraconservative dogma, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has sought to ram through a number of major social reforms with support from his father, King Salman.

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Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease


The defect that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington's has been corrected in patients for the first time, the BBC has learned.

An experimental drug, injected into spinal fluid, safely lowered levels of toxic proteins in the brain.

The research team, at University College London, say there is now hope the deadly disease can be stopped.

Experts say it could be the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative diseases for 50 years.

Huntington's is one of the most devastating diseases.

Some patients described it as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and motor neurone disease rolled into one.

Peter Allen, 51, is in the early stages of Huntington's and took part in the trial: "You end up in almost a vegetative state, it's a horrible end."

Huntington's blights families. Peter has seen his mum Stephanie, uncle Keith and grandmother Olive die from it.

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Scientists Fight to List Cheetahs as Endangered


In one of the most thorough studies of its kind, 17 conservationists offer definitive proof that the big cats are dangerously close to extinction.

A group of passionate scientists have come together to demand that the International Union for Conservation of Nature list the cheetah as endangered.

Researchers with the National Geographic Society's Big Cats Initiative released a new study in the journal PeerJ on December 11 with updated numbers of the cheetah population in southern Africa—the biggest of its remaining habitat.

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Hackers hit U.S., Russian banks in ATM robbery scam


A previously undetected group of Russian-language hackers silently stole nearly $10 million from at least 18 mostly U.S. and Russian banks in recent years by targeting interbank transfer systems, a Moscow-based security firm said on Monday.

Group-IB warned that the attacks, which began 18 months ago and allow money to be stolen from banks’ automated teller machines (ATMs), appear to be ongoing and that banks in Latin America could be targeted next.

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Mueller focusing on obstruction of justice around Flynn


Robert Mueller and his team are focusing on the days after White House officials were told Michael Flynn was vulnerable to Russian blackmail, NBC News' Carol Lee and Julia Ainsley report, citing "two people familiar with Mueller's investigation".

Why it matters: This means Mueller's team could be working to determine if Trump obstructed justice and is likely seeking out what President Trump knew about Flynn's conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, and subsequently, when Trump learned Flynn lied about them.

That period: January 26 to February 13, 2017.

The focus reportedly includes interviews with White House Counsel Don McGahn, who briefed Trump and senior White House staff about Yates' report that Flynn had lied to White House officials on January 26 and that he was vulnerable to Russian blackmail, according to Sean Spicer. That included Flynn's lie to Vice President Pence, which is what Trump cited in his firing statements.

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Researchers Find Hidden Trackers in Android Apps


Researchers from several groups have discovered hidden tracking software inside of more than 300 Android apps available on the Google Play Store. Researchers with a French non-profit organization called Exodus Privacy initially discovered 44 trackers in over 300 Android apps. Researchers at the Yale Privacy Lab, an initiative created by the Information Society Project at the Yale Law School, hope to reproduce Exodus’ findings. Most of the hidden tracking software the researchers discovered is used for creating targeted advertising, behavioral analytics, and for locating tracking. While the researchers from these two organizations are focusing on apps for Google’s Android mobile operating system, they believe that the same hidden trackers are also being included on apps for Apple’s mobile iOS.

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Czech PM designate: EU should not push us over migrants - paper


The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump's opposition.

The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Two federal courts already have ruled against the ban. Potential transgender recruits will have to overcome a lengthy and strict set of physical, medical and mental conditions that make it possible, though difficult, for them to join the armed services.

Maj. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, says the enlistment of transgender recruits will start Jan. 1 and go on amid the legal battles. The Defense Department also is studying the issue.

The designated Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that the European Union should not push Czechs over their refusal to shelter asylum-seekers, because it could strengthen extremist parties in the country.

The European Union’s executive will sue Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic in the bloc’s top court for their refusal to host asylum-seekers, Brussels said on Thursday.

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Army's rape of Rohingya women sweeping, methodical: AP


The rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar's security forces has been sweeping and methodical, the Associated Press news agency found in interviews with 29 women and girls who fled to neighbouring Bangladesh.

The sexual assault survivors from several refugee camps were interviewed separately and extensively.

The women gave AP their names, but agreed to be publicly identified only by their first initial, citing fears they or their families would be killed by Myanmar's military.

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Harassment Politics Grip Washington and Spur Fear in Both Parties


Chatter in Washington around the rising tally of lawmakers toppled by sexual harassment allegations has shifted from “who’s next?” to “how does this end?”

While the U.S. capital has endured sex scandals since Alexander Hamilton’s affair with Maria Reynolds in the 1790s, the country has undergone a sudden shift in attitudes toward allegations of abuse, harassment or other inappropriate behavior and no historical templates exist for how it all might play out.

The cultural change has been moving so fast last week that Democratic Senator Al Franken and Republican Representative Trent Franks announced their resignations on the same day. That followed by a few days a decision by Democratic Representative John Conyers to retire while under pressure from Democratic leaders over harassment allegations. Many Washington insiders are speculating that the purge is far from over.

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Malaysia 'ready' to send military to Jerusalem if needed to help Palestinians


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Malaysia is ready to send troops to Jerusalem, the defense minister said, calling President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the city as Israel's capital "a slap in the face for the entire Muslim world."

"We are ready for any orders from the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces … should our services be needed," Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in a speech on Saturday, according to The Malay Mail Online.

Muslim-majority Malaysia has long supported Palestinian's quest for statehood.

"We were shocked earlier this week with the worrisome news that would affect global geopolitical stability," Hussein was quoted as saying.

He said Trump's decision was "a slap in the face for the entire Muslim world," according to Al-Jazeera.

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Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Movie Theaters After 35 Years


Saudi Arabia will allow public cinemas for the first time in more than 35 years, the latest religiously-inspired restriction to fall as the kingdom strives to overhaul the economy.

The first multiplexes are expected to open in March 2018, the Ministry of Culture and Information said in a statement on Monday. The aim is to reach 2,000 screens in more than 300 cinemas by 2030, with the industry expected to contribute about $24 billion to the economy and add more than 30,000 permanent jobs, it said.

The kingdom hasn’t had public cinemas since the early 1980s, when the U.S. box office was dominated by films including E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the Star Wars movie Return of the Jedi. After militants besieged the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 1979, most forms of public entertainment were banned and clerics were given more control over schools, courts and social life.

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Man held over jihadist murders of French police couple after 'DNA found on their computer'


French police arrested a man on Monday in connection with the jihadist murder of a police couple after his DNA was allegedly matched to traces found in their home near Paris, legal sources said.

It also claimed that the 24-year-old has been linked to Larossi Aballa, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) extremist who claimed the June 2016 attack in a live video from the murder scene before being killed by police in a shootout, the sources added.

The suspect, who was not on a terrorism watchlist, was arrested in the western Paris suburb of Les Mureaux.

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Jeremy Corbyn calls for Brexit to be delayed if it allows for 'better deal'


>Labour leader surprised MPs by giving his personal backing to ‘dropping the unnecessary exit date deadline’

Jeremy Corbyn has called for Brexit to be delayed until after March 2019 if it allows the Government to secure “a better deal”.

The Labour leader surprised MPs by giving his personal backing to “dropping the unnecessary exit date deadline” from the EU Withdrawal Bill, ahead of a crunch vote next week.

Speaking in the Commons – as Tory MPs praised Theresa May for last week’s Brussels deal to move the exit talks onto trade – Mr Corbyn said she had only “scraped through”.

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HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger


Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models.

Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work.

HP said more than 460 models of laptop were affected by the "potential security vulnerability".

It has issued a software patch for its customers to remove the keylogger.

The issue affects laptops in the EliteBook, ProBook, Pavilion and Envy ranges, among others. HP has issued a full list of affected devices, dating back to 2012.

In a statement, the company said: "HP uses Synaptics' touchpads in some of its mobile PCs and has worked with Synaptics to provide fixes to their error for impacted HP systems, available via the security bulletin on HP.com."

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Venezuela opposition banned from running in 2018 election


Venezuela's President, Nicolás Maduro, says the country's main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year's presidential election.

He said only parties which took part in Sunday's mayoral polls would be able to contest the presidency.

Leaders from the Justice First, Popular Will and Democratic Action parties boycotted the vote because they said the electoral system was biased.

President Maduro insists the Venezuelan system is entirely trustworthy.

In a speech on Sunday, he said the opposition parties had "disappeared from the political map".

"A party that has not participated today and has called for the boycott of the elections can't participate anymore," he said.

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Report: 1,000 People Own 40 Percent of the Bitcoin Market


A mere 1,000 people own 40 percent of the bitcoin market, according to a report from Bloomberg. As the cryptocurrency’s value climbs to new heights, these “bitcoin whales” have even more power to sink or float the market, potentially in coordinated schemes.

Experts estimate that bitcoin whales, many of whom bought sizable quantities of the cryptocurrency in its infancy, may now want to sell as much as half of their chests given the current upswing, which would result in dramatic dips in value. Though frowned upon, and sometimes forbidden by digital currency exchanges, it is also not technically illegal for these big investors to band together into “pump groups” to manipulate prices. For example, a group may agree to collectively raise the price of bitcoin, and then cash out en masse. Bloomberg also quotes a hedge fund manager who often calls big bitcoin players to get tips on their coming trading strategies, intel that most ordinary investors wouldn’t have access to.

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Astronomers to Check Mysterious Interstellar Object for Signs of Technology


>Russian billionaire Yuri Milner says if the space rock 'Oumuamua is giving off radio signals, his team will be able to detect them—and they may get the results within days.

The email about “a most peculiar object” in the solar system arrived in Yuri Milner’s inbox last week.

Milner, the Russian billionaire behind Breakthrough Listen, a $100 million search for intelligent extraterrestrial life, had already heard about the peculiar object. ‘Oumuamua barreled into view in October, the first interstellar object seen in our solar system.

Astronomers around the world chased after the mysterious space rock with their telescopes, collecting as much data as they could as it sped away. Their observations revealed a truly unusual object with puzzling properties. Scientists have long predicted an interstellar visitor would someday coast into our corner of the universe, but not something like this.

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Nasa is holding a major press conference after its planet-hunting telescope made a new breakthrough.

The Kepler space telescope is operated by Nasa to discover other earths, some of which could support life. And its latest discovery is significant enough to bring with it a huge press conference.

Very little further information was given about the announcement, which will take place on Thursday. But it will almost certainly relate to exoplanets – Earth-sized worlds that orbit around their own stars, and are our best hope of finding alien life.

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New York explosion - live updates: Akayed Ullah named as suspect after failed bomb attack


Suspect in custody after 'explosion' on New York subway

A man with a home-made pipe bomb strapped to his body set off an explosion in a New York subway station during morning rush hour, in what the city's moyor called an "attempted terrorist attack".

The suspect - identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah - was one of four people injured by the blast and has been detained. The pipe bomb ignited, but did not fully explode, leaving Ullah with lacerations and burns on his hands and abdomen and three victims being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police are now searching a number of addresses in Brooklyn connected to Ullah as they try and pin down a motive for the attack.

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France to impose total ban on mobile phones in schools


France is to impose a total ban on pupils using mobile phones in primary and secondary schools starting in September 2018, its education minister has confirmed.

Phones are already forbidden in French classrooms but starting next school year, pupils will be barred from taking them out at breaks, lunch times and between lessons.

Teachers and parents are divided over a total ban, however, with some saying children must be able to "live in their time". In France, some 93 per cent of 12 to 17-year-olds own mobile phones.

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Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society


>‘No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth.’

Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media.

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Vladimir Putin orders withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria


>'If the terrorists again raise their heads, we will deal such blows to them they have never seen,' Russian leader says

Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria.

The Russian leader made the announcement at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia, the heartland of Syrian President Bashar Assad‘s Alawite minority.

Accompanied by defence minister Sergey Shoygu, Mr Putin said Russian and Syrian armies had achieved their mission to destroy Isis – “one of the most capable groups of international terrorists” – in just over two years.

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Rape of Rohingya sweeping, methodical


The newlyweds were asleep in their home in western Myanmar in June when seven soldiers charged in.

The woman, a Rohingya Muslim who agreed to be identified by her first initial, F, knew enough to be terrified. She knew the military had been attacking Rohingya villages, as part of what the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing in the mostly Buddhist nation. She heard just days before that soldiers had killed her parents and that her brother was missing.

Now they had come for her. The men bound her husband with rope, and tied her scarf around his mouth. They yanked off her jewelry and tore off her clothes. They threw her to the floor.

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Breaking - Terrorist Detonates Bomb At Manhattan Bus Station


As you can see from the first videos which are appearing on social media, New York first responders are currently flooding the scene.

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has been informed of the situation.

President Donald Trump "has been briefed on the explosion in New York City", his press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed.

Mr. Andre Rodriguez, 62 years-old, said he heard an explosion shortly before 7.30am: "I was going through the turnstile. It sounded like an explosion, and everybody started running."

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Three people have been arrested after masked youths surrounded a synagogue in Gothenburg, Sweden, and hurled firebombs at it. The synagogue was hosting a youth event at the time, but no one was injured, Associated Press said. A Jewish cultural centre next door to the synagogue was also attacked.

Police received reports of the attack at about 10 p.m. local time on Saturday, with about 30 people who were attending the youth event taking refuge in a basement.

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Wisconsin Man Tells Police “He Has Fantasies About Young Girls” Busted for Child Pornography


That eventually prompted the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office to acquire a search warrant and search his residence, which then produced more images involving young children.

Neighbors were reportedly stunned by this revelation, saying that Pye was one of the “nicest men they'd ever met”, and that he'd lived beside them for multiple years without ever any incident.

Sheriff's Deputies then began interrogating Pye, who told them that he “fantasizes about 12 to 14-year-old girls, but keeps these fantasies separate from reality”, according to the arrest affidavit.

A criminal complaint was officially filed on Monday in the Sheboygan County Circuit Court, in which Pye now faces five individual felony counts of possession of child pornography.

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Malaysian armed forces 'ready and awaiting instructions' after Trump's Jerusalem move


Malaysia's defence minister says military is awaiting orders from the top leadership to see if it has a role to play.

Malaysian armed forces stand "ready" and are waiting for instructions from the top leadership if they need to play a role after the US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, said the country's defence minister.

Hishammuddin Hussein said the Muslim-majority nation's military should be prepared for any repercussions emerging from the decision, which has sent shockwaves across Muslim nations and attracted widespread condemnation. Hussein, however, did not elaborate on why the military was in a state of readiness. But he insisted Trump's decision was a "slap in the face for the entire Muslim world".

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Egyptian mummy and ancient treasures 'in near perfect condition' discovered in 3,500-year-old tombs


The Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities announced on Saturday the discovery of two ancient tombs at the necropolis of Draa Abou Naga, part of the Unesco World Heritage site of Thebes, near the Nile city of Luxor.

The occupants of the private tombs are as of yet unknown but believed by the ministry to date back to the 18th dynasty (1550BC to 1292BC). It’s the latest find of a series of discoveries in Draa Abou Naga, and Egypt in general, after the minister Khaled Alnani announced at the beginning of 2017 that it would be “a year of discoveries”.

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Snow spreads across UK, closing roads and grounding flights - latest weather forecast and news



he worst snowstorms in Britain for four years closed roads, left whole towns without power and grounded flights.

The Army was placed on standby and the police urged motorists not to travel unless their journeys were absolutely necessary.

Persistent heavy snowfall hit the Midlands, the home counties and Wales throughout the morning, leading the Met Office to issue an amber weather warning.

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Children's injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new U.S. study that recommends a complete ban on blinds with cords.

Nearly 17,000 young children were hurt by window blinds between 1990 and 2015, and though most injuries were minor, almost 300 died, the study shows. Most deaths occurred when children became entangled or strangled by the cords.

Injuries continued even after manufacturers adopted voluntary safety standards including warning labels. The industry now has a plan in the works to make cordless blinds the only option at retail stores and online.

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Discrimination Against Women Is Common Across Races, Ethnicities, Identities


Discrimination in the form of sexual harassment has been in the headlines for weeks now, but new poll results being released by NPR show that other forms of discrimination against women are also pervasive in American society. The poll is a collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

For example, a majority (56 percent) of women believe that where they live, women are paid less than men for equal work. And roughly a third (31 percent) say they've been discriminated against when applying for jobs because they are women.

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USIC Claims DRNK Transferred 3 Nuclear War Heads to Iran


It is widely agreed that Pyongyang has dramatically deepened its partnership with Tehran's 'Axis of Resistance.’ This according to the 16 agency US Intelligence Community as well as some Asian powers. All are said to believe that the DRNK-IROI partnership seeks the ability to launch nuclear weapons into their perceived enemies. Another recent report has it that North Korea has been benefiting from technical assistance from Russia and Pakistan and sharing some of it with Iran while committing about 25 percent of North Korea’s entire gross domestic product to its nuclear weapons program and much of that to missiles.

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Qatar goes ahead with $6.7 billion Typhoon combat jets deal with UK's BAE Systems


BAE Systems and Qatar have entered into a contract valued at around 5 billion pounds ($6.7 billion) for the country to buy 24 Typhoon combat aircraft, the British defense group said on Sunday.

The company said delivery was expected in late 2022 and that the contract was subject “to financing conditions and receipt by the company of first payment, which are expected to be fulfilled no later than mid-2018”.

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China Airs Pessimism on North Korea as Kim Touts UN Talks


China expressed pessimism about bringing the North Korean standoff to a peaceful resolution, even as Kim Jong Un’s regime touted new United Nations support for “regular” talks.

Chinese Foreign Minster Wang Yi said Saturday “the outlook is not optimistic” on the Korean Peninsula and urged all sides to end what he said was a “vicious cycle” of confrontation. Wang’s remarks – part of a broad foreign policy speech in Beijing – came hours after North Korea said a departing UN delegation had agreed to communications to help ease tensions.

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Assassins killed Panama Papers journalist with text message bomb


The assassins who killed Panama Papers journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia used a fatal text message sent from a boat out at sea, according to a report.

Authorities on the Mediterranean island of Malta arrested ten people for the explosion last month that killed the lauded 53-year-old blogger known for her criticism of the government.

Three have now been charged, with a report in Malta Today on Wednesday revealing details of the investigation, including how they allegedly set off the powerful bomb on her car.

Brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio, 54 and 52, were joined by Vincent Muscat, 55, in the reported scheme, which involved an electronic device attached the explosive that was put on the vehicle the morning of the blast.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Ican warns nuclear war 'a tantrum away'


The world faces a "nuclear crisis" from a "bruised ego", the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican) has warned in an apparent reference to US-North Korea tensions.

Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on Sunday, Ican's executive director Beatrice Fihn said "the deaths of millions may be one tiny tantrum away".

"We have a choice, the end of nuclear weapons or the end of us," she added.

Tensions over North Korea's weapons programme have risen in recent months.

The open hostility between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership under Kim Jong-un has at times descended into personal attacks this year.

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Why the #MeToo Moment Should Be Ready for a Backlash


As a much-needed reckoning happens in the workplace, look to college campuses for a note of caution.

In the final five years of his presidency, Barack Obama’s administration undertook a worthy and bold challenge: the elimination of sexual assault on campuses. In fact, Obama’s team had a much more ambitious goal in mind. Vice President Joe Biden, the point person for the campus initiative, said at the end of his term that the administration was seeking “to fundamentally change the culture around sexual assault”—everywhere. New rules of sexual engagement between college students were written at the directive of the administration, but top Obama officials said they wanted these to be applied in the workplace and beyond. “You’re going to change the workplaces you work in,” Tina Tchen, director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, said at a 2016 event honoring campus sexual assault activists. “You’re going to raise your sons and daughters differently.”

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Report Names Russian General ‘Caught on Tape’ in Downing of MH17


A top Russian general has vowed to sue over allegations he helped coordinate the 2014 downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, a disaster that killed 298 people and triggered a years-long international investigation. The Dutch-led Joint Investigative Team probing the crash has previously blamed the Russian military for supplying the rocket launcher used to take down the passenger plane, but investigators have so far struggled to identify specific Russian military officials involved. On Friday, however, a joint investigation by Bellingcat, McClatchy DC, and The Insider named one of the most infamous figures involved in the catastrophe as retired General Nikolai Tkachyov.

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Suicide Note Found In Adult Film Actress’ Car, History Of Sexual Abuse And Depression Unearthed


August Ames left something behind when she allegedly took her own life.

August Ames’ suicide note was found in her car days after she was found dead in Camarillo, California, as a new report unveiled her history of sexual abuse and possible mental health problems prior to her death.

According to a new update from The Blast, the Ventura County Medical Examiner discovered a letter allegedly written by the 23-year-old deceased adult film actress prior to her death on Tuesday, December 5.

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Jones needs black voters to beat Moore in Alabama. They aren’t there yet.


Sylvester Dawson will vote Tuesday in Alabama's Senate election, but he's hardly thrilled about the choices.

"Honestly speaking, I'm not that excited about either one of them," Dawson said of Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore as he shaved a client at the barber shop he's run for 23 years in Birmingham's historic black business district.

A Jones field office sits just a few steps away, smack in the middle of a row of black barber shops and take-out joints lined up along 4th Avenue. But Dawson, who is black, said he hasn't felt compelled to step inside. "I don’t know Doug Jones," he said.

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Man In Ireland Charged For Painting A Snowman With A Rocket Launcher


Probably not the best idea considering a message in that context is easily considered a threat of violence. Apparently, the Police Service in Northern Ireland thought so too because they charged the 29-year-old with two counts of permitting display of anything provocative. The painting of the snowman was painted on the window of the office of the Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association in Chamberlain Street.

According to the Police Service of Northern Ireland, "Police investigating an incident involving a window display in the Chamberlain Street area of Derry/Londonderry in October have charged a 29-year-old man with two counts of permitting display of anything provocative."

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A view of the newly developed intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15’s test that was successfully launched, according to this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, on November 30. A former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations told British officials the CIA believes North Korea can strike major U.S. cities within three months.

The Central Intelligence Agency has told President Donald Trump that North Korea could have the ability to strike major U.S. cities, even with nuclear weapons, within the next three months, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations told British officials last week, according to The Guardian.

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Man Couldn't Revive Woman So He Had Sex With Her Corpse Before Calling 911


Every day prosecutors present judges with a brief summary of a crime as the defendant plead guilty, but on Tuesday, a particularly disturbing picture was painted for the court.

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Toll Paid: Houston Police say Black Man Murdered, Dumped Body of White Girlfriend in Creek


Davis was questioned by police after Mamo’s body was found in the woods along the creek bed, and he actually confessed to dumping her there but claims the homicide was accidental.

During an interrogation, Davis to authorities that he and Mamo were at a bar where they were arguing over him allegedly flirting with another woman.

The dispute lasted until they were home alone, where Davis claims that Mamo grabbed a gun and began struggling with him over it before it fired, shooting her in the face, blowing off part of her skull.

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X-Men's Bryan Singer Accused Of Raping 17-Year-Old Boy On Seattle Yacht


The accuser is Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, and he says Singer forced him to perform oral sex, then performed oral sex on him before anally penetrating him. The lawsuit alleges Singer approached Sanchez-Guzman after the fact and told him he was a major producer who could help him get into acting if he didn't say anything about the incident.

"He then told Cesar that no one would believe him if he ever reported the incident and that he could hire people who are capable of ruining someone’s reputation," according to the lawsuit. Singer or his representatives have not commented on the lawsuit or its accusations.

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The $70 Million Bitcoin Hack Was the 4th Largest Breach in Cryptocurrency History


Just as bitcoin trading hit record highs this week, hackers made off with nearly $70 million from a major cryptocurrency-mining service NiceHash. The Slovenia-based company announced the security breach on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon and stopped operations for 24 hours.

Here’s everything we know so far in the days following the attack:

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Man Rescued After Cementing A Microwave To His Head


Watch Commander Shaun Dakin pointed out the potential for disaster that was luckily thwarted by first responders, "could quite easily have suffocated or have been seriously injured. He and a group of friends had mixed seven bags of Polyfilla which they then poured around his head, which was protected by a plastic bag inside the microwave."

Dakin went on to say, "The oven was being used as a mold and wasn't plugged in. The mixture quickly set hard and, by the time we were called, they'd already been trying to free him for an hour and a half." A technical rescue team was required to disassemble the microwave and remove the man's head from what was to be his cement filled coffin.

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Samurai Sword Priestess Murder At Shinto Shrine Kills 3


Mr. Shigenaga Tomioka, 56-years-old, apparently killed his wife and himself after the couple had ambushed and killed his 58-year-old sister Nagako, the chief priest at the Tomioka Hachimangu Shinto shrine.

The weapon used was a samurai sword with an 80-centimeter blade, broken in the middle. Another shorter sword and two survival knives were also found at the scene.

According to police reports, the brother and sister had quarreled over who was supposed to become the follower of their father, who retired in 2010 as the main priest to the shrine. Due to an unspecified scandal, Mr. Tomioka was sacked from the shrine by his own father.

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New regime in Zimbabwe hands back land to evicted white farmer


The Zimbabwe government is overseeing the return of a white farmer to land that was seized from him at gunpoint, in what it hailed as a sign of the new president's "inclusiveness".

Rob Smart, 71, whooped with joy this week when he was told that he can return to his farm in eastern Zimbabwe - the only home he has ever known.

He and his family, including his young grandchildren and many of their workers, were evicted at gunpoint from their farm in the east of the country nearly six months ago by several gangs loyal to former first lady Grace Mugabe.

Former president Robert Mugabe, 93. was forced to resign last month after 37 years in power after a coup d’etat, in which he was succeeded by his former ally Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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Italian Cult Member Kills 'Impure' Family with Rat Poison


After the arrest, Mr Del Zotto confessed he had wanted to "punish those impure people", according to Italian prosecutors.

His mother admitted to investigators that her troubled son had joined a cult at the beginning of the year.

Thallium, a soft metal, dissolves in water and is odorless and tasteless.

It was once used as a rodent killer, but in 1973 the World Health Organisation recommended it to be discontinued because of its toxicity to humans. The initial symptoms of thallium poisoning include gastrointestinal problems, delirium and then finally a coma. Hair loss, psychotic behavior, and severe organ damage can also occur.

Poisoning can be treated with an antidote of Prussian blue, which prevents the thallium from being absorbed.

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Petition Started To Combat Sexual Harassment Of Siri And Alexa


The impact of #MeToo has led to the public takedown of several prominent figures including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and even multiple political figures. Now, people are demanding tech giants Apple and Amazon to program their AI to be more combative in their responses to what would amount to sexual harassment.

Randy Paynter, the founder, and CEO of Care2 says, "In this #MeToo moment, where sexual harassment may finally be taken seriously in society, we have a unique opportunity to develop AI in a way that creates a kinder world. If we as a society want to move past a place where sexual harassment is permitted, it’s time for Apple and Amazon to reprogram their bots to push back against sexual harassment."

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President Trump’s speech on Jerusalem slams the door to peace talks


When President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Wednesday – the first American president ever to do so – he claimed he was abandoning the “failed strategies of the past” that had failed to deliver peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Yet the president outlined no new strategy for peace that would include his new position on Jerusalem. Indeed, his move – along with his directive to the State Department to begin preparations to move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv – seemed more oriented toward pleasing his evangelical base (and key Republican donor Sheldon Adelson) than achieving peace.

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Billion-dollar climate disasters devastate and drain the nation


A cluster of particularly destructive natural disasters in 2017 has pockmarked the nation with devastation. Numbers for Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria have yet to be finalized, and 2017 is already on track to reach the record for the most billion-dollar climate disasters in the nation’s history, according to an October report from the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).

To date, 2011 has netted the most billion-dollar natural disasters — a record-breaking 16. Now, a new wave of wildfires in Southern California, which by Friday had devoured about 132,000 acres, may also help push 2017 into the top spot.

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Three Injured In House Fire After Someone Tried To Kill Bed Bugs


Firefighters responded to the home at 325 Hutchins Avenue around midnight but by the time they arrived there was already a heavy fire in the building. The fire seems to have started on the first floor before working its way up to the second and third floors. The damage is estimated to be around $250,000 and three teens and seven adults were displaced.

This is the second fire of its kind in two weeks that was started by someone trying to kill bed bugs. One resident said, "When I got here the whole house was on fire." Kamaron Lyshe rushed home after seeing a Facebook Live video showing the fire tear through the building.

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Lord's Prayer to be Changed by Pope


Pope Francis intends to change Lord’s Prayer on the grounds that the translation used by many parts of the world goes against the teachings of the Bible.

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Graphic Video: Officer Brailsford in Mesa, Arizona Murders Daniel Shaver (Unarmed) in Cold Blood


“This, to me, is the most horrific shooting I’ve ever seen,” Mark Geragos, a lawyer for the widow and the 5- and 8-year-old daughters of the man, Daniel Shaver, 26, said in an interview on Saturday. Mr. Geragos, who said he had seen thousands of body camera videos, said the footage was evidence of “the criminal justice system at its worst.”

The incident took place on January 18th of 2016, when the Mesa Police Department received a call about a potential disturbance at a La Quinta Inn and Suites in Mesa, Arizona.

Guests claimed they saw a man with a gun in the fifth-floor windows of the building, and Officer Brailsford arrived at the scene, bodycam rolling, with an AR-15 pointed at Shaver and a woman that he had been arguing with.

Another officer can be heard ordering them to get on the floor and threatening to shoot if they do not comply.

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President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions among Americans about his commitment to that legacy.

As Trump gazed at an exhibit on Freedom Riders at the new Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, demonstrators near the site held up signs that said "Make America Civil Again" and "Lock Him Up." Some shouted "No Trump, no hate, no KKK in the USA."

Trump spent about 30 minutes at the museums, gave a 10-minute speech to select guests inside and then flew back to his Florida estate, skipping the public schedule of the dedication ceremony held outside on a chilly day. He spent more time getting to Jackson than he did on the ground.

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Russia Launches $27bn Arctic Gas Project


But when a project of this magnitude presented itself on the Arctic, which some Russians believe is simply Russian territory all in itself, the Kremlin was quick to invest. And so, a $27 billion liquefied natural gas plant was opened in the snow-covered arctic plains of Russia, as the world’s largest nation in land mass hopes to grow bigger than Qatar in exporting chilled fuel.

As the gas was loaded on an icebreaking tanker in the port of Sabetta on the Yamal Peninsula, Putin declared: “This is a large-scale project for Russia.”

“At the start of the project, people told me not to pursue this. Those who started this project took a risk but achieved a result.”

The site is operated by Russian Yamal LNG company, and co-owned by Russian company Novatek, which holds 50.1 percent of the shares, French company Total, which holds 20 percent of the shares, Chinese company CNPC, which holds 20 percent of the shares and the international Silk Road Fund investment group, which holds the remaining 9.9 percent.

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Naperville Man Busted For Trying to Lure a Young Girl To His Vehicle


Authorities responded at around 7:33 a.m. after reports reached them that a man was attempting to lure a “young, female student” into his vehicle at a bus stop near Modaff and Massachusetts. Police said they were able to locate the suspect’s vehicle and arrested the man. The suspect was the lone occupant of the vehicle at that time.

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CNN Literally Fake News 24 Hours A Day


Of course the liberal mouthpieces on social media then began to run with the story yelling their normal cries of “muh Russian collusion”, claiming “this is the smoking gun, indict the Trumps”, but little did they know CNN is literally fake news twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, and today's story would be no different.

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Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans 'Foreign Waste'


Like many Portland residents, Satish and Arlene Palshikar are serious recyclers. Their house is coated with recycled bluish-white paint. They recycle their rainwater, compost their food waste and carefully separate the paper and plastic they toss out. But recently, after loading up their Prius and driving to a sorting facility, they got a shock.

"The fellow said we don't take plastic anymore," Satish says. "It should go in the trash."

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Video Released From Inside Oregon Wildlife Refuge Takeover


Patrick challenges Cooper saying, "You think that's more tactical than standing peacefully here?" He added that he came to the refuge to defend the Constitution, not to fight. Another man named Thorn can be seen dressed in fatigues with the word "militia" on the front of his tactical vest and an assault rifle between his legs. Thorn is obviously agitated and cuts into the conversation to urge the others to stay.

The whole standoff occurred over the organizer's views that the United States Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and other agencies are constitutionally required to hand over most of the federal public land they control to the individual states. The protest was sparked when

The armed standoff between the occupiers was also in protest of the treatment of two ranchers convicted of federal land arson despite the men not wanting the protesters to help. By February 11, all the militants had either surrendered, withdrawn from the occupation or were shot and killed.

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89-Year-Old Dies On The Way To Hospital After Ambulance Crashes


The RCMP did not indicate what afflicted the patient to require an ambulance in the first place, but they did confirm he died as a result of the crash sometime after. The accident occurred on 101 near exit 23 in Waldeck, N.S. when the ambulance lost contact with the road and careened into a ditch.

Natasha Dantiste is an RCMP spokesperson and she said the man did not initially appear to be injured but his condition later deteriorated and he died as a result of the ambulance crash. A second ambulance arrived to at the scene of the crash to take the 89-year-old and two paramedics to the hospital.

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Anti-Trump 9th Circuit Court Judge Alex Kozinski Accused by Multiple Women of Sexual Misconduct


According to the women, the Judge subjected them to inappropriate sexual comments or conduct, including asking them to watch pornography in his chambers.

One of the women, Heidi Bond, who was employed as a clerk for the Pasadena, California-based judge from 2006 to 2007, told the Washington Post that she could recall at least three instances in which he asked her to look at pornography, on his computer, asking if she thought it was photoshopped or if it aroused her sexually.

She said that one of the multiple occasions, the images were of college-age students were some were “inexplicably naked while everyone else was clothed.” Another set was a type of digital flipbook that allowed users to mix and match heads, torsos, and legs to create an image of a naked woman.

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Is Bitcoin the Most Obvious Bubble Ever?


To call Bitcoin the biggest and most obvious bubble in modern history may be a disservice to its surreality.

The price of bitcoin has doubled four times this year. In early January, one bitcoin was worth about $1,000. By May, it hit $2,000. In June, it breached $4,000. By Thanksgiving, it was $8,000. Two weeks later, it was $16,000.

This astronomical trajectory might make sense for a new public company with accelerating profits. Bitcoin, however, has no profits. It’s not even a company. It is a digital encrypted currency running on a decentralized network of computers around the world. Ordinary currencies, like the U.S. dollar, don’t double in value by the month, unless there’s a historic deflationary crisis, like the Panic of 1837. Instead, bitcoin’s behavior more resembles that of a collectible frenzy, like Beanie Babies in the late 1990s.

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U.N. says missiles fired at Saudi Arabia have 'common origin'


United Nations officials have found that missiles fired at Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Houthi rebels appear to have a “common origin,” but they are still investigating U.S. and Saudi claims that Iran supplied them, according to a confidential report.

The officials traveled to Saudi Arabia to examine the debris of missiles fired on July 22 and Nov. 4, wrote U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the fourth biannual report on the implementation of U.N. sanctions and restrictions on Iran.

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To Some Zionist Christians And Jews, The Bible Says Jerusalem Is Israel's Capital


Those Jews and evangelical Christians who say an undivided Jerusalem should be the eternal capital of Israel have a ready answer for anyone who questions that claim: The Bible says so.

The most often-cited text is 2 Chronicles 6:5-6, wherein King Solomon quotes God as saying, "Since the day that I brought my people out of the land of Egypt, I chose no city in all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house, that my name might be there, and I chose no man as prince over my people Israel; but I have chosen Jerusalem that my name may be there and I have chosen David to be over my people Israel."

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After John Conyers retires, his Congressional seat will remain vacant for 11 months


Michigan's Republican governor announced Friday that Democrat John Conyers' congressional seat will not be filled until the regularly scheduled November election, leaving it vacant for nearly a year.

Gov. Rick Snyder decided the post will be listed twice on the August primary and November general election ballots. While unlikely, it is possible voters could choose one candidate to fill the vacancy until January 2019 and elect another to a full two-year term after that.

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Christmas Miracle As Heavy Snow Covers Texas


For San Antonio, the 2 inches of snow were the largest amount to fall in that city since January 1987.

10-year-old Vincent Rivera of Corpus Christi, who experienced snow for the first time, thought the whole experience was ‘pretty cool’: “My mom has been to places like Chicago and Washington, D.C., when it’s snowing, and she would tell me about it and I wish I could be there to see it.”

We do hope that everyone got to see it, as temperatures are meant to be rising as form Saturday afternoon again, with sunnier weather coming up.

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Mothers Outraged Disney Channel Showing Transgenders


This is, of course, difficult to explain to your kids afterwards, because their heroes on the show have taken a clear side, so if you plan on sticking to your conservative or religiously inspired morals, then Disney just put a block on your road.

Earlier this year, a first supportive character on a Disney show called ‘Andi Mack’ came out as gay.

In a statement, Disney defended it’s decision to show this to young children: “Andi Mack is a story about‘tweens’ figuring out who they are.”

“Creator Terri Minsky, the cast and everyone involved in the show take great care in ensuring that it’s appropriate for all audiences and sends a powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity.”

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A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate mother.

The eight-term lawmaker abruptly resigned Friday, bowing to an ultimatum from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Ryan told Franks that he would refer the allegations to the Ethics Committee and urged him to step aside.

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The Earth is making a weird noise, and researchers have no idea why


Thanks to humans, the Earth is a pretty noisy place. We’re loud creatures — certainly more so than any other animal ever to walk the planet — and we’re even louder when we get together with other humans. But the Earth isn’t totally silent, even without noisy animals all over its surface, and scientists are trying to figure out why that is. For the very first time, researchers have captured an underwater recording of a mysterious noise that Earth has apparently be producing for eons, and they still aren’t sure why.

The sound which the planet produces is a low, steady, unceasing hum. Scientists have been attempting to record and explain the odd noise as far back as the late 1950s, with little concrete data to suggest its source. Now, new research published in Geophysical Research Letters is attempting to explain why it happens, and scientists think it might have something to do with the ocean.

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Hamas calls for Palestinian uprising over Trump's Jerusalem plan


The Islamist group Hamas urged Palestinians on Thursday to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.

Palestinian factions called for a “Day of Rage” on Friday, and a wave of protest in the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday brought clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops. At least 31 people were wounded by Israeli gunfire and rubber bullets, medics said.

The Israeli military said an aircraft and a tank had targeted two posts belonging to militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip after three rockets were launched at Israel.

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Priest gets life sentence in cold-case murder of Texas beauty queen


A retired Catholic priest convicted of murdering a former beauty queen who came to him for confession was sentenced to life in prison by a jury in south Texas on Friday, local media reported, ending a cold case that has troubled the community for nearly 60 years.

John Feit, a visiting priest in McAllen, Texas, when the second-grade teacher came to him for confession during Holy Week in 1960, was convicted on Thursday of premeditated murder in the death of Irene Garza, then 25.

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Prosecutors say emails prove Manafort heavily edited Ukraine op-ed


In a new court filing late Friday, Robert Mueller's prosecutors say Paul Manafort heavily edited an op-ed defending his work in Ukraine that appeared Thursday in a Ukrainian English-language newspaper.

Manafort, former chair of the Trump presidential campaign, has been indicted on multiple counts in Mueller’s Russia probe, and the judge has imposed a gag order on both the defense and the prosecution.

Prosecutors had argued in a filing earlier this week that Manafort’s involvement in writing the op-ed piece violated the judge's gag order, citing the article in their opposition to his request to be released from house arrest on bail. Manafort’s lawyers responded that he had little role in its composition, and was helping Oleg Voloshyn, a former spokesperson for Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, write the piece.

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Gaza officials say two Hamas members have been killed in Israeli airstrikes following a rocket attack on Israel.

The Israeli military says it targeted four Hamas facilities early Saturday in response to rockets fired the previous day, including one that landed in the town of Sderot without causing casualties or major damage.

The military says it struck military warehouses and weapons manufacturing sites. Hamas says it recovered the bodies of two of its men.

Israel considers Hamas responsible for all rocket fire emanating from Gaza, which is home to other armed groups.

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China's Xinjiang halts mining in nature reserve to curb pollution: Xinhua


China’s far western Xinjiang region has suspended mining in one of its big nature reserves, the official Xinhua news agency reported, amid rising environmental concerns.

The mining sector has been a crucial part of China’s rapid economic expansion in the last three decades, but poor regulation and weak enforcement of standards has contaminated much of the country’s soil and left parts of its land and water supplies unfit for human use, threatening public health.

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Merci, Johnny: Remembering Rocker Johnny Hallyday, Beloved By France


Johnny Hallyday was a rock and roller in a nation of curled lips and subtle glances. He had a deep, grainy voice, steeped in Gauloises, streams of booze and a smog of drugs.

Although he recorded more than a thousand songs, and earned more than 60 gold and platinum records, Johnny Hallyday never became a household name in the United States. But he once performed before a million people on the Champs-Elysees. He died this week, at the age of 74, and this weekend the Eiffel Tower is lit with letters that say, "MERCI, JOHNNY."

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Ukraine police recapture ex-Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili


It is the latest extraordinary episode in a surreal game of hide and seek between Saakashvili and Ukrainian authorities

Georgia's former President Mikheil Saakashvili was recaptured by Ukrainian police on Friday, days after supporters managed to free him from police custody in Kiev.

His latest arrest marks another extraordinary twist in a long feud between Saakashvili and Ukrainian authorities.

General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko said the opposition leader had been detained by police and was in a temporary detention facility.

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Senior Lafarge executives, including former CEO, indicted on terror financing charges


Two senior executives at French-Swiss cement maker LafargeHolcim, including its former CEO, were charged on Friday over claims that top management turned a blind eye to payments to jihadists in Syria, a judicial source said.

Lafarge is accused of paying the Islamic State group and other militants through a middleman between 2013 and 2014 so that the company's factory in Jalabiya, northern Syria, could continue to operate despite the war.

Four people had already been charged over the case.

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CALI Fire Update: Dogs Need Masks Due to Bad Air Quality in Wildfire-Affected Areas


There were voluntary evacuations in the area where Rivera lives, and the grandmother left home on Wednesday as the precaution but decided to return right the following day to check on her house.

The air quality has been a concern for many residents, even those that are not directly affected by the fires. Volunteers with the Community Response Team distributed green masks to residents. Organizers say they have about 3,000 pieces of masks they plan to hand out, both for adults and children.

So terrible is the air quality that hospitals across Southern California are reporting high numbers of patients showing up in the emergency rooms complaining of breathing problems due to the wildfires that first broke out this week.

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Roy Moore is the last straw, you can now call me a Democrat


The GOP would rather elect a sexual predator who preys on teenagers than a prosecutor who happens to be a Democrat. That's it, I'm switching parties.

My first exposure to politics was at the local level.

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Australian Man Googles Wife, Finds She’s US Murder Suspect


But the marriage between Ms. Brooke Lynn Crews, 38-years-old, and himself only lasted a matter of months before she returned to the US in October 2012. According to Mr. Murray, the relationship fell apart when he discovered she had lied about her past to him.

“It was all lies, it was all based on lies. I didn’t know she was married in America, didn’t know she had children and then it all started coming out. And I said ‘look, I want you to go home and be a mother to your kids.’”

According to Mr. Murray, Ms. Crews was obsessed with true crime. “She studied psychology and nursing and did her thesis on serial killers. She was always reading books on serial killers and murders and could tell you anything about them.”

After she returned to the US, he all of a sudden saw her name pop up in the papers and then Googled it to finally discover the allegations against her.

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FBI Investigated New Mexico School Shooter In 2016


When the FBI talked to the gunman originally, he did not own any firearms at the time other than an airsoft pellet gun. Atchison told investigators he had no plans for an attack and just liked trolling online. Now, we know much different. Indeed, Atchison was planning an attack that was carried out Thursday morning claiming the lives of two innocent young students.

The small Aztec community of around 6,500 near the Colorado border was rocked by the shooting. The gunman entered the school and mingled with students before going into a second-floor bathroom to "gear up." Then the gunman carried out his plan to shoot up a classroom before killing himself.

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Outrageous Obama Claims US Risk Following Nazi Germany


Obama who first started his political career in Chicago also spoke about the media. The Democrat has always had a warm relationship with the mainstream media, especially the liberal-leaning members of it, throughout his two terms of office. He made the claim in his speech, however, that the press “often drove me nuts” but still went on to say “that a free press was vital to democracy.”’

It is not clear, however, how Trump’s predecessor concretely and substantially think America could be risking following the path of Nazi Germany in the 1930’s. It is also not clear either if he made any references to President Trump at all in his speech.

Chicago always had a special place in Obama’s heart as it also in the city where he made his first public appearance after leaving the White House this year. He went to Chicago in April to meet with youth leaders and promote community organizing in the city after a three-month hiatus from politics and the public eye.

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Sick Mother in Ohio helped a Pedophile to Rape her Two-Year-Old on Camera to Sell the Child Porn


According to the Probation Department in Warren County, Richter is a known child sexual predator who was already on probation for sending profane text messages to a thirteen-year-old girl in the past.

Fletcher was previously convicted by the state of Ohio of importuning a minor, among other crimes. Under the terms of his probation, he was not to possess pornography of any kind, according to Jennifer Thornton, Department of Justice spokeswoman.

In May 2017, during a visit with his probation officer, the officer noticed Fletcher had two mobile devices and, after having Fletcher provide access to the devices, started to review the content on both phones.

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Cal State Bakersfield Professor Busted for Child Porn, Says Burglar Responsible


Authorities say that Theodore Ishida, longtime Cal State Bakersfield Assistant Professor of Psychology, was arrested on Friday for the possession of child pornography.

Professor Ishida, who's been employed since 1988 at the University, has been placed on suspension for the remainder of the interim, according to CSUB officials.

Ishida, however, has an unbelievable claim as to what occurred that led to the child pornography being found on his devices.

Back in August of 2016, his home on Durham Court was burglarized, and several items from his home were stolen including a computer, of which the Bakersfield Police Department has confirmed via a news release.

Four months after the alleged burglary of his home, the 63-year-old Professor contacted Detectives to tell them that he was the victim of an extortion attempt.

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Prominent 9th Circuit Judge Forced Female Clerks To Look At Porn


While viewing the images, Kozinski asked Bond if she thought the pornography was photo-shopped or if it sexually aroused her. Bond is 41 now and says, "I was in a state of emotional shock, and what I really wanted to do was be as small as possible and make as few movements as possible and to say as little as possible to get out."

Kozinski, 67, said in a public statement that he had over 500 employees in his chambers over his 35-year career as a judge. "I would never intentionally do anything to offend anyone and it is regrettable that a handful has been offended by something I may have said or done," Kozinski said.

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The Latest: Ex-aide: Franks offered $5m to carry his child


A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate.

The eight-term Arizona lawmaker abruptly resigned Friday, bowing to an ultimatum from Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan told Franks that he would refer the allegations to the Ethics Committee, and urged him to step aside.

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Police force saves cat from LA wildfire and shares touching message about rescuing pets


The Los Angeles Police Department touched the hearts of many pet owners after sharing a picture of a cat the force rescued during the recent wildfires.

Los Angeles has been hit by devastating blazes, with many having to flee their homes, facing the prospect of losing everything they own.

As well as getting people out of danger, the police department said that saving beloved animals was almost as important.

After sharing the picture of an officer saving the life of a cat caught up in the fires, the force wrote: "For some it might just be a cat. But to others it’s a friend, a loved one, a companion.

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Pentagon Announces First-Ever Audit Of The Department Of Defense


"The Defense Department is starting the first agency-wide financial audit in its history," the Pentagon's news service says, announcing that it's undertaking an immense task that has been sought, promised and delayed for years.

Of the tally that is starting this week, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said, "It demonstrates our commitment to fiscal responsibility and maximizing the value of every taxpayer dollar that is entrusted to us."

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Trump Shares Video of Former Presidents’ Failed Promises ’ to Israel


In the video shared by Trump, Bill Clinton is shown saying during his presidency in 1992 that: “Jerusalem is still the capital of Israel and must remain an undivided city accessible to all.”

Bush in 2000 stated that: “As soon as I take office, I will begin the process of moving the United States Ambassador to city of Israel as shown as its capital.”

The video then moved to Barack Obama speaking in 2008: “I continue to say that Jerusalem will be the capital of Israel and I have said that before and I will say it again.” And in another clip, Obama again said: “ And Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and must remain undivided.”

Then the video Trump shared also showed him in 2016 declaring: “We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people- Jerusalem.” The statement was met with wild applause and cheers from the crowd.

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Firings come at a precarious time for the big TV morning shows


Two of the biggest network morning news shows lost veteran anchors in recent weeks when sex harassment allegations felled Matt Lauer, of "Today" on NBC, and Charlie Rose, of "CBS This Morning." The unplanned exits leave the networks the chance to rethink their shows — vital to their bottom lines — but they come at a precarious time for the institution of the morning broadcast.

Viewers are facing a widening array of media choices when they wake up. The nonstop drama of political news in the Trump era and the jaw-dropping #MeToo movement — and sometimes their intersection — are driving audiences to a variety of nonbroadcast news outlets, severely diminishing the audience for the three big shows.

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Nunes cleared of accusations that he disclosed secrets related to Russia investigation


Rep. Devin Nunes — who stepped aside as chair of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election amid an ethics probe into allegations that he disclosed classified information — was cleared late Thursday of any wrongdoing.

Nunes, a California Republican, could now opt to return to the Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation.

In a statement, the House Ethics Committee said it had “sought the analysis of Representative Nunes's statements by classification experts in the intelligence community” and that they had determined that “the information that Representative Nunes disclosed was not classified.”

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Homeland Security Finds $70k, 100's of Child Porn Videos on Portland Amtrak Passengers


Officials say that a drug enforcement unit known as the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program (HIDTA) and Homeland Security Investigations, both were at the Portland Amtrak station randomly screening passengers when they discovered the Asian suspects.

During the random screenings, Fong Lee and Ying Moua were both stopped to inspect their luggage, and agents say they were stunned when they found that each of the men had $35,000 in cold cash vacuum sealed inside of their bags.

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Japan is to acquire medium-range, air-launched cruise missiles, capable of striking North Korea, a controversial purchase of what will become the longest-range munitions of a country that has renounced the right to wage war.

Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera did not refer to North Korea when announcing the planned acquisition and said the new missiles would be for defence, with Japan still relying on the United States to strike any enemy bases.

"We are planning to introduce the JSM (Joint Strike Missile) that will be mounted on the F-35A (stealth fighter) as 'stand-off' missiles that can be fired beyond the range of enemy threats," Onodera told a news conference.

Japan is also looking to mount Lockheed Martin Corp's extended-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM-ER) on its F-15 fighters, he said.

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Brexit: 'Breakthrough' deal paves way for future trade talks


PM Theresa May has struck a last-minute deal with the EU in a bid to move Brexit talks on to the next phase.

There will be no "hard border" with Ireland; and EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU, will see their rights protected.

The so-called "divorce bill" will amount to between £35bn and £39bn, Downing Street says.

The European Commission president said it was a "breakthrough" and he was confident EU leaders will approve it.

They are due to meet next Thursday for a European Council summit and need to give their backing to the deal if post-Brexit trade talks are to begin.

The UK will then have about a year to hammer out an agreement on future relations, which will have to be ratified by the EU nations and the UK Parliament, before the UK leaves in March 2019.

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Sheriff Admits Screw-up Leads to Release of Mexican Child Molester in Merced


Gonzalez had pleaded guilty to the horrible crime of repeatedly molesting a 5-year-old girl.

A judge ordered Gonzalez held without bail until sentencing of 35 years to life in prison.

Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke shares that he believes that Gonzalez may have quickly returned to Mexico. He adds that the confessed child molester is no longer a threat to Merced County. However, no pieces of evidence were presented to establish that Gonzalez has returned indeed to Mexico and could no longer be of potential harm to children in the U.S.

It is also not clear if how long Gonzalez still stayed in the country after release before going back home to Mexico- if indeed he is Mexico by now.

Warnke also says he takes responsibility for the mistaken release and has taken steps to prevent a repeat of the error. It was not clarified, however, how the mistaken release happened exactly.

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A senior Palestinian official in President Mahmoud Abbas's ruling Fatah party said on Thursday that US Vice President Mike Pence, due to visit the region later this month, "is unwelcome in Palestine".

"In the name of Fatah I say that we will not welcome Trump's deputy in the Palestinian Territories. He asked to meet (Abbas) on the 19th of this month in Bethlehem, such a meeting will not take place," Jibril Rajoub said.

Aides for Abbas were not immediately available for comment.

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Savage Thug in Pennsylvania Viciously Assaults 74-Year-Old Blind Man for $100 and a Flip-Phone


The Upper Darby Police Superintendent, Mike Chitwood, said that Harper was first identified on Tuesday afternoon at the 69th Street Terminal by a Glendale Road resident, who was able to assist Police with their investigation because he just so happened to have security camera footage from their house of the assault and robbery of the blind victim.

“This piece of shit, he just… they don't belong in society, or around normal people at all,” said Glendale Road resident Samuel West. “This is why I carry a loaded gun at all times. Try and rob me, or hurt an innocent person and I see ya, you're getting two to the head and one more on the ground just to make sure you aren't doing it again.”

Harper was taken into custody that same afternoon at the terminal.

Detectives then began their interrogation process, where I can only hope they roughed him up in more than one way for his actions, which eventually led to the confessions of both robberies of the elderly men on Wednesday morning.

Magisterial District Judge Ann Berardocco arraigned Harper late in the afternoon, where he said that he doesn't deserve to be on the streets, and held him without bond due to the nature of his crimes targeting senior citizens.

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Russian general identified as key person in MH17 investigation


The Joint Investigation Team studying the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in Ukraine is looking for Colonel General Nikolai Tkachev, the Chief Inspector of the Central Military District of the Russian Federation, Bellingcat and The Insider found.

Previously, the Dutch investigators had published a call for witnesses where a person with the call sign "Delfin" is referred to as as Nikolai Fyodorovich (Fedorovich). The investigation authors found out that Tkachev was the only living Russian general with this name and patronymic.

To compare the voices, The Insider asked Tkachev for an interview about Suvorov School. The guess was further confirmed by two independent examinations in Lithuania and the United States.

According to Tkachev, since his return from Syria in 2012, where he had worked as the Chief Military Adviser, he has not left Yekaterinburg. The general denies being in Ukraine in the summer of 2014.

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3 Gangbangers in Ohio Shoot at Police, Unsurprisingly Missing, Police Fire Back Accurately


Both Morris and Wynn were hit, and paramedics were called to the scene to transport them to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Sadly the world would likely have been better off had the officers killed the two gunmen, and they wouldn't have been in the wrong to do so since the thugs fired on them first.

The Toledo Police Chief George Kral gave a press conference on the issue, and the continued dangers posed by criminal gangs and low IQ savages who feel as if the city is their mafioso-style gun playground.

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Anti-Roy Moore Ad Removed from YouTube, Funded by Another GOP Swamp SuperPAC


It's local, grassroots, small business, blood, sweat, and tears that put the dirt on our boots, and it's the love of family and America that washes it off to do it again tomorrow.

The entire mainstream media, including the channels who LARP as somehow being on the right or Republicans have expressed their fear in an American fighter such as the good Judge Roy Moore winning the election.

There has been countless fake news hit pieces against the Judge, attempts to drag his name through the mud with both slander and libel, but Roy Moore has never backed down.

Now we have reported yet again of a completely biased and fictitious advertisement that was placed on YouTube against our beloved Roy Moore, according toAl.com.

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Norwegian Prince: ‘Spacey Grabbed Me By The Balls over Dinner’


Mr. Behn told Norwegian radio station P4: “We had a nice conversation, he was sat next to me. Then, after five minutes, he says "Hey, let's go out and have a cigarette", and then he touched me right on the balls under the table.”

As the prince was a non-smoker, he says he was so surprised both by the grab and the question that just said; “eh, maybe later?”

Mr. Behn, a novelist, playwright, and model, married Princess Märtha Louise in 2002. The pair, who have three children, Maud, 14, Leah, 12, and Emma, 9, announced their divorce in 2016.

Actor Kevin Spacey has by now been accused by 16 different people of sexual assault.

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Boulder Jail Inmate Gauges Out Own Eyes, Sues Sheriff For Not Treating His Mental Illness


Shane McGurk, the jail's mental health program director, sought an emergency court order saying Partridge was "presenting with unmistakable signs of severe mental illness." The judge ordered deputies to immediately take partridge to get psychiatric treatment.

"That order was ignored as Mr. Partridge sat, balled up in his cell, and plucked out his own eyeballs," according to the lawsuit. "Defendants’ willful and deliberate indifference to Mr. Partridge’s serious medical needs directly led to his self-mutilation, head and vertebrae injury, broken teeth and ultimately, to his permanent blindness."

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Elite Race Horses Killed as California Wildfire Hits in San Diego County


Both humans and horses in the training center were evacuated trainers at San Luis Rey Downs place the estimated number of horses killed to at least half a dozen, but possibly more.

Horses in the center are usually well cared for. They are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The horses under normal circumstances are usually carefully walked from place to place by their trainers or guardians, but on the day the wildfire hit the center, the horses were simply set free and encouraged to run away as fast as they could as flames engulfed the center near Bonsall, located just a few miles from where the fire broke out.

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UK Has 48 Hours Left To Fix Brexit


It has once again been one of those weeks for Prime Minister Theresa May. On Tuesday, she came to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, ready to sign off on a £50bn divorce package the UK would pay to the EU in order to finally start negotiating a trade deal.

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Why Do Women Need Anal Bleaching?


This comes from women who 'feel under pressure to look like porn stars', as suggested by the figures. The heinous trend was sparked after celebrities – including Sophie Kasaei, Charlotte Crosby, and Kourtney Kardashian – disclosed that they had the procedure done.

The idea revolves around lightening the color of the skin around the anus for cosmetic purposes, so as to make it more uniform with the surrounding area.

The procedure has many treatments that are applied in a salon by a cosmetic technician. It includes laser therapy among others that are sold as the cream that can be applied from home. The trend hit the headlines when Marnie Simpson bleached Sophie's bottom on Geordie Shore in April.

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Divorcing NY Billionaire Claims Holdings Have Shrunk 95%


Billionaire developer Mr Harry Macklowe, who is divorcing his wife after 60 years of marriage (picture left) to spend his ‘golden years’ with his much younger French girlfriend (picture right), claims his real-estate holdings have shrunk in value by some 95%.

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Hirohito WWII Memoir Bought By Holocaust Denier


Emperor Hirohito was the 124th emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of counting. Scholars and historians have a different view of his role during the second world war. Though most agree that at the beginning of the war he was a leading cause of the invasion of China in the 1930s and under his leadership Japan signed the tripartite pact with Italy and Germany, by the end of the war this was different.

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The "Zombie Angelina Jolie" Was All A Lie


A young woman revealed her face after what she said were several plastic surgeries to make her look like Angelina Jolie. The end result was a disturbing and twisted mess with crooked features, sunken eyes, and discoloration of her skin.

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London Journalist Gets Garden Shed Listed As Top Tripadvisor Restaurant


A British journalist wanting to prove the unreliability of Tripadvisor, has been able to fake his way into turning his own garden shed into a top-rated London restaurant.

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Manchester Arena Bomber's Friend Found Guilty Of Being Isis Sniper


A man known to be a close friend of the Manchester bomber has been found guilty of being an Isis sniper. Mohammed Abdallah, 26, was identified in official IS documents after he traveled to Syria with three friends in July 2014.

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Pulse Shooting Hero Cop Fired from Force


A cop hailed as a hero after the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando is losing his job some 6 months before being eligible of getting his full pension.

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Video - West Bank Violence Erupts


As was to be expected, violence has erupted in the Palestinian held territories after President Trump’s declaration yesterday that the US government would as form now recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and would soon be moving the US embassy there.

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Family Catches Stunning Video of Fireball in Florida Skies


A family in Riverview, Florida captured a stunning video of a fireball flying through the sky earlier in the week. Dozens of people reported seeing the bright object but a Hillsborough County family has the video to prove it.

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Queen Inspects HMS Queen Elizabeth – Britain's Most Powerful Warship Ever


UK's new £3.1billion aircraft carrier was welcomed by the Queen at a ceremony to commission it into the Royal Navy fleet.

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Japanese Nursery Struck By Part From American Aircraft


A nursery in Okinawa, Japan got a surprise delivery when a U.S. military aircraft part fell out of the sky and landed on the nursery school's roof Thursday morning.

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Mecklenburg County Shut Down by Hackers Demanding Ransom


One of North Carolina’s largest counties was attacked by a hacker who froze county servers and is demanding ransom.

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Armed Robber Gets Just Desserts at San Antonio Chicken Shop


An armed robber messed with the wrong family at a San Antonio, Texas Popeyes Chicken. The man is reported to be dead after police say the father shot and killed him for harassing his family inside the restaurant.

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Team USA Olympics Gymnastics Doctor Sentenced to 60 Years for Child Porn


A shocking turn of events for the United States Olympics Team USA Gymnastics group, after one of their own is sentenced to prison for Child Pornography.

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$64 Million in Bitcoin Robbed from NiceHash


The value of Bitcoin has continued to soar at an unimaginable level, this, in turn, makes holders of large volumes of the currency be prime targets for thieves. It’s without a doubt that’s what appears to have happened in NiceHash, a Slovenia-based Bitcoin exchange that claims its cryptocurrency wallet has been cleared out of $64 million worth of BTC.

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The Storm: Justice Department Demotes Associate Deputy AG Ohr for Ties to Anti-Trump Fusion GPS


The Department of Justice is apparently cleaning its own closet and removing Obama appointments that are still covertly working against the President of the United States of America even a year after his election.

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The Jordanian Foreign Minister Warns Donald Trump


Ayman Safadi said he told his US counterpart Rex Tillerson that any declaration on the issue would provoke outrage in the Arab and Islamic world.

Speculation is growing that US President Donald Trump will declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in the near future, in fulfillment of a promise he made last year.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, said no decision had yet been made.

"I have spoken with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the dangerous consequences of the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel if he took the consequences of such a decision, which will show great anger across the Arab and Muslim world and further tension and undermine efforts to achieve peace," Safadi said in a tweet on Twitter.

There was no public comment from the US State Department on what the Jordanian minister said

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, is seeking international support to persuade Trump not to make the announcement.His office said he had telephoned world leaders on Sunday, including French President Manuel Macaron and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Aldi to give away all its unsold fresh food to 'less fortunate individuals' on Christmas Eve


Aldi has offered to give all its unsold fresh food away to charities and good causes when its stores close on Christmas Eve.

The supermarket chain issued an appeal on social media urging organisations across the country to collect items left over after its branches have shut up shop for the festive period.

A statement issued by the firm says it wants to share products out with groups such as food banks in support of “less fortunate individuals” in order to “prevent food going to waste”.

The supermarket said: “Aldi is offering local organisations the opportunity to receive surplus food from their stores on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.

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DR Congo displacement crisis 'worse than Middle East'


Conflict has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, causing "a mega-crisis", aid agencies say.

This means that for the second consecutive year, DR Congo is worst-affected by conflict displacement in the world, the agencies add.

DR Congo has been hit by years of instability, with rival militias fighting for control of territory.

The conflict has been worsened by the failure to hold elections last year.

"It's a mega-crisis. The scale of people fleeing violence is off the charts, outpacing Syria, Yemen and Iraq," the Norwegian Refugee Council's DR Congo director, Ulrika Blom,

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Army captain calls for prostitutes to be sent to front line to relieve soldiers' stress


An Australian Army captain has reportedly suggested prostitutes should be sent to the front line to help relieve combat soldiers of stress.

The Daily Telegraph reported Captain Sally Williamson wrote “improved intimacy and sexual interaction can help combat veterans with PTSD recovery” in a blog article.

The article dubbed “Sex And War – A Conversation Army Had To Have”, was reportedly posted earlier this month on the Army’s official Land Power Forum blog but removed several days later.

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Video - Internet Suspended In India After ‘Love Jihad’ Killing Video Spreads


Given the quick spreading of the video, the Indian government reacted swiftly by banning internet in parts of the state. Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria: "It is shocking how he killed the man and made a video of it. Accused has been arrested, and a special investigation team has been set up for investigation in the case."

In this case, a Hindu man, called Shambhu Lal, could be seen hacking the Muslim man to death for dishonoring his family, after which he set the body on fire. Afterwards, he set him alight before sharing the video of the religious attack online.

In a second video, the man can be seen explaining the incident was committed to "protect the honor of Hindus against Muslims."

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Australian Uproar As Celeb Posts Pic Of Eating Baby Kangaroo


The extremely graphic photograph carried a comment next to the photo, in which Ms. Cepeniuk wrote: “I may have deep throated a joey’s neck," alongside several laughing and beer emojis.

A wildlife activist then reposted the picture, condemning Miss Cepeniuk for it. It has since drawn widespread disgust and condemnation online.

In response, Miss Cepeniuk took a separate pig hunting page that she runs (Mspgr) to defend her actions, saying that the joey was dead when the photo was taken. She claimed to have accidentally run over the mother kangaroo while hunting and had “humanely put the joey out of its misery.”

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More Evacuations Ordered In California Fires As Crews Fight 'Weird Wind Pattern'


The Thomas fire had scorched around 90,000 acres by Wednesday evening carving a path of destruction that spans over 10 miles from Santa Paula to the Pacific ocean. Five major fires are raging in Santa Paula, Ventura County, San Bernardino County and two in the Los Angeles area causing parts of Interstate 405 to close.

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Coming Soon: The Pikachu Movie With Ryan Reynolds


And according to Hollywood sources, Ryan Reynolds has just signed up to play the leading role. Yes, he’s really going to catch ‘em all.

Reynolds is set to star alongside Justice Smith, the young actor about to appear in the next Jurassic Park movie.

But hold on, it’s not just a simple Pikachu movie, it’s Detective Pikachu (made from a video game that was only brought out in Japan), and in that game, Pikachu can actually talk, which is why they needed a Hollywood actor. If he didn’t talk, the character would just need to make “PIKA” noises, and we’re guessing that any computer copier can do that with the sounds from the cartoon.

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Hirohito wartime memoir sells for $275,000


A memoir by Japan’s World War II Emperor Hirohito fetched $275,000 at auction – more than double the expected price. The monologue is thought to have been designed to exhonerate Hirohito of blame for the slide into war.

The 173-page memoir was bought by a Japanese surgeon well-known for his right-wing views, who said he wished to restore it to the country's royal family.

"It should have been in Japan, but it ended up overseas," Dr. Katsuya Takasu told The Associated Press in Tokyo. "So it feels like it's finally coming back."

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FBI Narrowing In On Suspects In Border Patrol Agent's Death


The informant's tip revealed a "coyote" who had recently smuggled illegal aliens across the border said that some of the immigrants bragged about assaulting the agents. Another person who knew the two brothers identified them by name to the informant who then relayed the information to the federal authorities.

Martinez suffered multiple injuries to his head and body that caused massive amounts of blood loss. The second agent experienced severe head injuries as well. The information told the FBI that the brothers could be found in Portales, New Mexico and Odessa, Texas.

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Bitcoin Tops $14,000 - South Korean PM Worried


Bitcoin hit the latest milestone during early trading in Asia today. The new record high comes just days before the launch of Bitcoin futures on two exchanges, including the world's largest futures exchange, CME.

Spread betting firm CMC Markets though said the rise had all the symptoms of a bubble market, warning "there is no way to know when the bubble will burst.”

The country where Bitcoin has become a total frenzy is South Korea, where some 2% of the population is now invested in it. Amongst millennials, it is called the fear-of-missing-out (FOMO) if you’re not invested in Bitcoin by now.

The high pace of Bitcoin and its bubble-prone graph has caused a sharp warning from the South Korean government, where Prime Minister Moon stated earlier this week that youngsters should realize that investments can also turn.

But like thousands of South Koreans, Mr. Moonsung Bae is infatuated with bitcoin.

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Two Teenager Wounded in Boston from Stray Bullets during Gang Shooting


The increasing violence seemingly has mo end in Boston, where the gangs don't care if they kill innocent people or not.

Police said they were initially responding to a report of a domestic disturbance near the Tobin Community Center in the area Tremont Street in Roxbury when Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said that police received the report that multiple shots were fired at the location nearby.

“They heard multiple gunshots being fired less than a block away,” Evans said. “They quickly went down to that location and found three individuals shot

He said the victims were found on Parker, Tremont and Sewall streets.

The teen found on Parker Street was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Evans said the other two victims were both hospitalized with serious injuries.

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Man Gets Gnarly Fungal Infection After Snipping Pimple With Dirty Wood Tools


The infection is an ominous reminder of the age-old saying "cleanliness is next to godliness" and don't snip pimples with dirty objects. The skin biopsy revealed a rare, budding yeast from growing in the lesion called Blastomyces conidia which tend to live in wet soil, decaying wood and other areas around waterways.

The yeast form is known for causing lung infections, mostly from people kicking up and inhaling spores, but the construction worker's chest x-rays were clear. There have been less than 50 such cases of Blastomyces conidia resulting from direct contact in medical literature.

Dermatologists warn against popping zits since usually you only make them more inflamed and painful which causes more scars.

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Mother in California Kills 4-Year-Old Son, then Herself


According to police, the woman is the 29-year-old mother of the child, who is believed to be just four years of age, and during the investigation, deputies came to believe that the 29-year-old mother killed her son and then killed herself.

“Investigators believe the female killed the child and then took her own life,” according to the news release given to local media KTLA.

Police say that the neighbors are shocked about the discovery at the Avana Rancho Cucamonga Apartment Complex, located on the 10400 block of Arrow Route, west of Haven Avenue.

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Newborn Dies After Hospital Dismissed Labor Pains As Constipation


Farra knew she was in labor after she began experiencing severe pain and discomfort in July 2014 but when she arrived at Stepping Hill Hospital doctors reportedly told her she had an infection and was just constipated as a result. The 41-year-old mother of two says she was dismissed by one staff member as a "time-waster".

The Hospital staff didn't recognize she was in labor until she started bleeding. Farra underwent a cesarean section and gave birth to her daughter Ava. The Farra's joy didn't last long when they discovered their baby had suffered severe brain damage during delivery. The parents were eventually forced to make a heart-breaking decision to turn off their newborn daughter's life-support.

An autopsy revealed that despite Ava being fully developed at the time of her birth, evidence suggested she had been deprived of oxygen. Farra says, "I did everything I was told by hospital staff, so was stunned when I had some issues with them. At one point I overheard a doctor refusing to examine me and calling me a “time-waster”, while it was also suggested that I have a natural birth despite the issues with my previous pregnancies. It was an incredibly upsetting time."

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Muslim Terror Plot To Assassinate PM Theresa May Foiled


According to police reports, the two young men planned to detonate an improvised explosive device in front of the prime minister’s Downing Street offices and then, with the disorganized exit of Ms. May seen in the last London terror strike in mind, try to kill Ms. May in the ensuing chaos.

Mr. Andrew Parker, director general of the MI5 security service, has been briefing cabinet ministers on the plot.

The two young men were arrested on 28 November following an operation involving MI5 investigators and counter-terrorism police officers from Scotland Yard and the West Midlands.

The London Metropolitan police said they had been charged “with the intention of committing acts of terrorism” and they with “engaging in conduct in preparation for giving effect to that intention.” Their tickets to flee overseas after the act was already bought.

The news comes at a very bad time for Ms. May, just one week after she told US President Trump it was wrong to re-tweet Anti-Muslim videos, to which he then replied: “Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!”

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Houses Gives Early Christmas Gift to NRA As Reciprocity Bill Passes


Prior to the vote, the NRA, also a powerful lobbying group, issued a statement this week saying that: “concealed-carry licensees as a group have proven to be more law-abiding than the general population and even the police.”

The NRA also describes the House bill as: “’the most expansive piece of self-defense legislation in the history of Congress.”

Lawmakers in favor of the reciprocity including Rep. Richard Hudson have been arguing that the disparate laws provide the risk that someone legally carrying a firearm could unknowingly break the law by crossing into another U.S. state.

Opponents of the bill are claiming on the other hand that reciprocity would weaken existing gun laws.

The bill also included a measure known as “Fix NICs”’ which would mete out penalties on government agencies failing to report information from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Again, opponents found fault in this arguing that combining the two issues were meant to help the overall bill’s chances of passage given that the Fix NICS is more popular and acceptable.

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73-Year-Old Pedophile in Kentucky Busted for Child Porn


The Kentucky State Police announced that they were involved in an undercover investigation into multiple IP addresses that were found to have been sending the child. pornography and that led them to a Somerset man, 73-year-old Derek R. George.

After obtaining a search warrant for George's Somerset residence, Detectives from the Kentucky State Police then removed multiple hard drives, computers, phones, and SD cards from the residence to have their cyber crimes team examine it at the forensics laboratory.

Once they had located additional folders which were containing images of prepubescent children engaged in sexual relations with adults, George was taken into custody Tuesday night and charged him with having child pornography.

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73-Year-Old Pedophile in Kentucky Busted for Child Porn


The Kentucky State Police announced that they were involved in an undercover investigation into multiple IP addresses that were found to have been sending the child. pornography and that led them to a Somerset man, 73-year-old Derek R. George.

After obtaining a search warrant for George's Somerset residence, Detectives from the Kentucky State Police then removed multiple hard drives, computers, phones, and SD cards from the residence to have their cyber crimes team examine it at the forensics laboratory.

Once they had located additional folders which were containing images of prepubescent children engaged in sexual relations with adults, George was taken into custody Tuesday night and charged him with having child pornography.

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Porn Star August Ames Commits Suicide at 23 after Liberals Bully Her for Anti-Gay Remarks


Porn Star August Ames has been found deceased, in what's believed to be a suicide, but has yet to be confirmed by the Ventura County Medical Examiner.

Ames’ husband, director Kevin Moore, released a statement over his wife’s tragic passing: “She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me,” he said. “Please leave this as a private family matter in this difficult time.”

The case of harassment against her began when she refused to work with a man in the porn industry who had engaged in homosexual sex (it's her body and she has that right to refuse to perform alongside a homosexual).

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Porn Star August Ames Commits Suicide at 23 after Liberals Bully Her for Anti-Gay Remarks


Porn Star August Ames has been found deceased, in what's believed to be a suicide, but has yet to be confirmed by the Ventura County Medical Examiner.

Ames’ husband, director Kevin Moore, released a statement over his wife’s tragic passing: “She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me,” he said. “Please leave this as a private family matter in this difficult time.”

The case of harassment against her began when she refused to work with a man in the porn industry who had engaged in homosexual sex (it's her body and she has that right to refuse to perform alongside a homosexual).

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111 Light Years Away PROOF Aliens Exist : New K2-18b Super Earth found


This rocky planet presents a unique opportunity for investigation when NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is launched in 2019.

Researcher Professor René Doyon said: “There's a lot of demand to use this telescope, so you have to be meticulous in choosing which exoplanets to look at.

“K2-18b is now one of the best targets for atmospheric study, it's going to the near top of the list."

The most distant events and objects in the universe are observable in the greatest clarity using the James Webb Space Telescope. The telescope enables scientists to view objects beyond the range of our current space-based instruments, including Hubble Telescope.

This comes in stark contrast to NASA’s discovery of a giant “death planet” with a poisonous atmosphere which “defies expectations”.

Identified as Wasp-18b, the planet has a toxic atmosphere making it impossible for it to support life with an upper atmosphere swamped by toxic carbon monoxide.

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President Trump Doesn't Give a Damn What Terrorists Think, Jerusalem Belongs to Israel


We've witnessed Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr.Clinton, Bush Jr., and even Barack Obama sit by idly while the debate over occupation and land continued.

Sacrifices were made to push forward with peace, yet nothing else mattered to the Islamic front of the world who have only continued to invade Europe and Africa and spread their wings into the depths of western nations.

There has been no deterrent, for decades, to stop the spread of jihad and terror. Despite the best efforts of those before President Trump, nothing has worked.

Now President Trump has made a decision, to stand with Israel, and defy all of those before him.

It's a real solution, albeit not a popular one to Muslims, who are now seen burning American and Israeli flags in the street as a response to the decision.

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California Fires Threaten Tens Of Thousands More Homes, 405 Freeway Closed


California isn't out of the fire season yet, despite Christmas just around the corner and snow fall in most states, Californians in Ventura county and others are facing a firestorm. The area is experiencing high winds and already dry conditions have allowed four major fires to spread out of control.

Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, "It would be safe to say there are hundreds of homes in the area."

President Trump commented on the fires to thank the firs responders saying, "I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials.THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work!"

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Democrat Rep. Al Green to Force Vote on Impeachment of POTUS Today, Calls Him a White Nationalist


The severely deranged Al Green's measure is being introduced as what's known as a "privileged resolution," meaning a vote must occur within two legislative days.

“This is not about Democrats, it is about democracy. It is not about Republicans, it is about the fate of our republic,” Green said. "May everyone votes their conscience knowing that history will judge us all.”

Green first said that he was preparing the impeachment articles against President Trump last summer, originally accusing the President of Obstruction of Justice, in connection with the firing of FBI Director James Comey who was investigating ties between Trump's Presidential campaign and Russia.

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Democrat Rep. Al Green to Force Vote on Impeachment of POTUS Today, Calls Him a White Nationalist


The severely deranged Al Green's measure is being introduced as what's known as a "privileged resolution," meaning a vote must occur within two legislative days.

“This is not about Democrats, it is about democracy. It is not about Republicans, it is about the fate of our republic,” Green said. "May everyone votes their conscience knowing that history will judge us all.”

Green first said that he was preparing the impeachment articles against President Trump last summer, originally accusing the President of Obstruction of Justice, in connection with the firing of FBI Director James Comey who was investigating ties between Trump's Presidential campaign and Russia.

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Police arrest two men 'planning to blow up Downing Street gates and kill Theresa May'


>Security services foil plot to use bomb disguised in a bag

Security services believe they have foiled a plot to assassinate Theresa May in Downing Street.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to kill the Prime Minister by using a bomb disguised as a bag to blow off the gates of Downing Street and then attack her with knives.

The suspects were detained during raids in London and Birmingham last week and charged with terrorism offences. They are due to appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

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Democrat Rep. Al Green to Force Vote on Impeachment of POTUS Today, Calls Him a White Nationalist


The severely deranged Al Green's measure is being introduced as what's known as a "privileged resolution," meaning a vote must occur within two legislative days.

“This is not about Democrats, it is about democracy. It is not about Republicans, it is about the fate of our republic,” Green said. "May everyone votes their conscience knowing that history will judge us all.”

Green first said that he was preparing the impeachment articles against President Trump last summer, originally accusing the President of Obstruction of Justice, in connection with the firing of FBI Director James Comey who was investigating ties between Trump's Presidential campaign and Russia.

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Austrian Supreme Court rules in favour of same-sex marriage


Same-sex couples in Austria will be able to legally marry from 2019 after a ruling by the country's top court.

Its constitutional court said the current marriage law violated non-discrimination rules. The ruling also allows heterosexual couples to enter a civil partnership.

The move will bring the country in line with 15 other European countries.

The Netherlands became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage, in 2001.

The case was heard after a female couple challenged a 2009 law which allowed registered partnerships for same-sex couples, but not marriage.

In a statement, the court said the distinction between the different kinds of unions could not be upheld because it was discriminatory against same-sex relationships, as it forced people to disclose their sexual orientation in situations where that was not relevant.

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France's war on waste makes it most food sustainable country


A war on waste food in France, where supermarkets are banned from throwing away unsold food and restaurants must provide doggy bags when asked, has helped it secure the top spot in a ranking of countries by their food sustainability.

Japan, Germany, Spain and Sweden rounded out the top five in an index published the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which graded 34 nations based on food waste, environment-friendly agriculture and quality nutrition.

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Doctors find brain abnormalities in victims of Cuba mystery


Doctors treating the U.S. embassy victims of suspected attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned.

It’s the most specific finding to date about physical damage, showing that whatever it was that harmed the Americans, it led to perceptible changes in their brains. The finding is also one of several factors fueling growing skepticism that some kind of sonic weapon was involved.

Medical testing has revealed the embassy workers developed changes to the white matter tracts that let different parts of the brain communicate, several U.S. officials said, describing a growing consensus held by university and government physicians researching the attacks. White matter acts like information highways between brain cells.

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Russia Is Aiding North Korea With Oil Imports, Ignoring U.S. Efforts To Isolate Kim Jong Un


The price of fuel in North Korea has plummeted over the past month thanks to Russian oil imports, according to reports that suggest Russia is ignoring international efforts to isolate the rogue North Korean regime.

Journalists with the website Asia Press International, which is based in Osaka, Japan, and publishes in English, Japanese and Korean, reportedly said that fuel prices began to fall in November. The reports claimed that the price of diesel had fallen by 60 percent since early November, and the price of gasoline fell by around 25 percent.

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Russia election: Putin to run again for president


Russia's Vladimir Putin has said he will seek another term as president in next year's election.

He made the announcement in a speech to workers at a car factory in the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod.

"I will put forward my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian federation," he said.

Mr Putin has been in power since 2000, either as president or prime minister. If he wins the March election he will be eligible to serve until 2024.

Russian TV journalist Ksenia Sobchak has already said she will stand in the election but opinion polls suggest Mr Putin will win easily.

Russia's main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been formally barred from standing because he was found guilty of embezzlement - a charge he claims was politically motivated.

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Germans see Trump as bigger problem than North Korea or Russia


Germans see U.S. President Donald Trump as a bigger challenge for German foreign policy than authoritarian leaders in North Korea, Russia or Turkey, according to a survey by the Koerber Foundation.

Topping the list of foreign policy concerns were refugees, with 26 percent of respondents worried about Germany’s ability to cope with inflows of asylum seekers.

Relations with Trump and the United States ranked second, with 19 percent describing them as a major challenge, followed by Turkey at 17 percent, North Korea at 10 percent and Russia at 8 percent.

Since entering the White House in January, Trump has unsettled Germans by pulling out of the Paris climate accord, refusing to certify an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme and criticizing Germany’s trade surplus and its contributions to the NATO military alliance.

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Reports say White House Considering Hiring Private Spies to Counter "Deep State"


As a response, one could easily argue that less accountability, in responsible hands, being the will of the people (who elect the President) knowing that the President has the interests of the people at heart; undoubtedly need this useful tool to ensure there will not be undermined by rogue intelligence agencies who do the bidding of the elite over that of the people.

Any system which is designed and intentionally used to help the people will succeed until it is routed by corruption that willingly rots away the inside for personal gain.

Pray that Trump makes good on his promise to ”Make America Great Again” and punish the traitors in such a way that they truly fear ever betraying us ever again.

If he doesn't follow through in that fashion, we lose everything once again when control of the Presidency is returned to corruption.

The only reason the intelligent agencies fight this, is because they know it will be used against them. It's the only reason we know about it at all; if it was going to be used by Obama, or Clinton, or any of the Bushes; nobody would ever know this existed at all.

An excellent point, and one to consider.

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Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, escalating spat


A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated on Tuesday when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Amazon.com Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware.

The feud is the latest in Silicon Valley to put customers in the crossfire of major competitors. Amazon and Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc, square off in many areas, from cloud computing and online search, to selling voice-controlled gadgets like the Google Home and Amazon Echo Show.

The stakes are high: many in the technology industry expect that interacting with computers by voice will become widespread, and it is unclear if Amazon, Google or another company will dominate the space. Amazon’s suite of voice-controlled devices has outsold Google’s so far, according to a study by research firm eMarketer from earlier this year.

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Bannon mocks Flake for only donating $100 to Dem in Alabama: 'Are you kidding me?'


Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon on Tuesday ripped Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) for writing a $100 check for Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones (D).

“Did he sign a check today, $100 to Jones? If you’re going to write a check, write a check,” Bannon said during his speech at a rally for Republican candidate Roy Moore.

“Don’t give the man $100. Are you kidding me? Hey Flake, this is why your approval rating in your home state is like 11 percent.”

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NOKO Getting “Massive Amounts” Of Oil From Russia


Professor James Brown who teaches international relations and is an expert on Russia-North Korea trade at the Tokyo campus of Temple University, commented: "It appears that Russia, in particular, but also China, are losing patience with the US.”

"They feel that they have done their part in putting new pressure on North Korea but that Washington should be doing more."

“The Russian authorities are generally against the U.S.'s policy of maximum pressure on North Korea, believing that the policy has caused Pyongyang to accelerate their nuclear and missile program.”

“Instead of further sanctions, Moscow favors immediate dialogue with North Korea.”

Whilst the international community seems keen on isolating the regime of Kim Jong Un and force Pyongyang in this manner to abandon its development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, Russia seems keen on stepping up supplies in spite of those same international efforts, and continues to smuggle oil from the province of Yanggang to the North Koreans.

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How Parents Behave Is Linked To Suicide Risk


Last month alone, a 10-year-old girl in Colorado province and a 13-year-old girl in California committed suicide. Their parents say that bullying at school contributed to the death of the girl.

"Parents ask us all the time, 'What can we do?'" said Keith King, who coordinates the University of Cincinnati's health promotion and education doctoral program.

"Kids need to know that someone's got their back, and unfortunately, many of them do not. That's a major problem."

King and his colleague Rebecca Vidourek revealed in the 2012 national survey of people over the age of 12 that there is a significant link between parental behavior and youth suicide idea.

They discovered that those most affected by parenting behavior are 12 and 13 years old.

Researchers have stated as follows. People who said their parents did not say they are proud of their children said that the possibility of thinking about suicide was nearly five times higher.

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Couple Indicted for Child Cruelty Locking Girl in ‘Laundry Torture Room’


Investigators said Rimmon Lewis, 32, and Angela Strothers, 33, brutally beat and severely disfigured parts of the child’s body and forced her to live in inhumane conditions.

Strothers happens to be the biological mother of the child, while Lewis is the stepdad. A grand jury indicted Strothers and Lewis in November. The indictment says that Lewis seriously disfigured the girl’s back and feet by striking her “repeatedly with the leg of a child’s table and a black leather belt.”

The beatings were so hard and took place often that they eventually caused “prolonged numbness” and immobility in the child in some cases. The abuse could have lasted for a number of years.

Lewis has done other horrific acts against the helpless child including horribly disfiguring her mouth by pushing his thumbs into her mouth… “with such force as to split the corners of her mouth.” The actions left the corners of the girl’s mouth scarred. The authorities said Lewis mete out the “punishment” for the unbelievable fact that the girl would stutter around him.

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Video - Oklahoma Senator Caught With Minor In Hotel Room


The police officer can be heard asking: “So, what are they saying?”

His colleague then replies: “Well, drug-related, maybe. Maybe was coming here to buy some weed. Either here for narcotics, or prostitution for narcotics.”

The first police officer then asks: “Like the kid’s prostituting himself out?”

In the room, the officers stated they smelled marijuana and found condoms and lotion found in a backpack that belonged to Mr Shortey.

After the video cuts out so not to show the teenager, the discussion between Mr Shortey and the police officers is shown.

The police officer tells Mr Shorty the young boy is only 17.

To which the former Republican senator replies “I didn't know that. Can you show me that he's only 17?”

The police officer then states: “No, I can't but I can convince you that he is. I could put you in handcuffs and throw you in the back of a car.”

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Bank of Indonesia to Ban Bitcoin Transactions


For now, the Bank of Indonesia is urging merchants not to accept Bitcoin as an official payment instrument in replacement of cash or credit card. The bank stressed that it would not be responsible for any losses that would be incurred for any Bitcoin transaction.

The bank also issued concerns that the Bitcoin could also be potentially used to violate existing regulations on such big crimes as terrorism, money laundering, prostitution and drug trafficking.

Countries have the varying reception to Bitcoin so far with Japan being open to it, accepting it as a payment instrument. Russia and China are rejecting Bitcoin on the other hand.

Bitcoin transactions do not also follow many of the safety measures of mainstream banks and currencies. Bitcoin transactions are made without middlemen or banks. They also charge no fees and transactions can be made anonymously.

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Jon Venables Returns To Prison With ‘Price On His Head’


In order to guarantee that the court order is not broken in the meantime, Mr Venables is escorted by three police officers wherever he goes in prison.

But according to anonymous sources inside the prison, it is only a matter of time: “The screws were talking about it because they don't care who knows. There's a price on his head and most of the jail would like to have a pop at him but no one will be able to get to him.”

The mother of young Jamie Bulger, Mrs. Denise Fergus, was only informed Mr. Venables would be returning to prison when a British newspaper was about to break the story.

She released a statement saying that she is “absolutely fuming that once again I'm last to know.”

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