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Here's How Senate Republicans Have Voted On Dreamers And Immigrants

Here's How Senate Republicans Have Voted On Dreamers And ImmigrantsWASHINGTON ― Members of Congress will soon need to decide whether they want to grant some sort of relief to the hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants President Donald Trump put at risk of deportation and losing their jobs.


09/25/2017 09:45 AM
Forget Cheat ‘Sheet’ — Student Outwits Professor With Enormous 'Cheat Poster'

Forget Cheat ‘Sheet’ — Student Outwits Professor With Enormous 'Cheat Poster'When Professor Reb Beatty of Maryland’s Anne Arundel Community College arrived at his accounting class to administer a test last week, he hardly could have imagined that he’d be the one getting outsmarted. In a Sept. 20 Facebook post that’s since gone viral, Beatty explained that he’d told his students that they were allowed to bring in a “3x5” cheat sheet to use during the test. Beatty, however, failed to specify the unit of measurement he was referring to.


09/24/2017 01:01 PM
Soldier saves lifeless puppy with CPR in tear-worthy viral video

Soldier saves lifeless puppy with CPR in tear-worthy viral videoAn emotional video making its way around the internet shows a Thai soldier giving CPR to a tiny lifeless puppy and eventually bringing him back to life.


09/25/2017 05:52 PM
Conservative Catholic Group Accuses Pope Francis Of Promoting Heresy On Divorce

Conservative Catholic Group Accuses Pope Francis Of Promoting Heresy On DivorceA group of conservative Roman Catholics has accused Pope Francis of spreading “heresy” by signaling his openness to letting some divorced and remarried Catholics receive Holy Communion.


09/26/2017 12:40 AM
Could North Korea Really Shoot Down a U.S. F-15 or B-1 Bomber?

Could North Korea Really Shoot Down a U.S. F-15 or B-1 Bomber?North Korea considers and a recent Twitter comment from President Donald Trump to effectively be a declaration of war against Pyongyang. As such, the Kim regime says that it will retaliate—potentially even engaging U.S. Air Force bombers flying around the Korean peninsula over international waters. “The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York.


09/25/2017 11:49 PM
Couple's dream wedding at Costco is one we can aspire to

Couple's dream wedding at Costco is one we can aspire toAh, Costco: Where you can buy your wedding cake, and eat it there too.  As Sue Berkeley and Eli Bob from Sydney, Australia, did, when they got married in the Casula store in front of 90 of their friends and family on Saturday.  SEE ALSO: Wedding guest shares photo of five other people wearing same dress While it might not be the most romantic of locations, the couple said they spend a lot of time in the aisles of the bulk buy supermarket, and so the choice to have it there came naturally. "I get to spend another day at Costco, that I love," Berkeley told A Current Affair. "Where else can I get married to the one I love, in a place that I love, surrounded by the people I love." A post shared by Richard Smith (@rps88a) on Sep 22, 2017 at 10:58pm PDT A post shared by Nick Triantafillou (@xelfer) on Sep 22, 2017 at 5:47pm PDT And so Berkeley walked down the aisle, past the tyre department, to exchange their vows in the food court. We haven't even got to the best part of the whole affair, and that's the food: It cost the couple under A$10 a head to feed the wedding, which consists of the admittedly droolworthy Costco food court staples like pizza, hot dogs and pies. Oh, and unlimited fountain soda, of course. While the couple aren't the first to marry in a Costco, they're certainly the first in Australia to do so.  If you are looking to have your next wedding in one, the offer of a Costco wedding is for "special guests" only, sadly for the rest of us mere mortals hoping for an all-you-can-eat feast at the supermarket... oh and true love, of course. WATCH: Take a 'cell-fie' using your phone and this small microscope adapter


09/25/2017 09:11 AM
Fearing eruption of volcano, thousands begin evacuations in Bali

Fearing eruption of volcano, thousands begin evacuations in BaliIndonesian authorities raised the alert status for Mount Agung to the highest level on Friday, and people have scattered to all corners of the island.


09/25/2017 02:29 PM
Trump tweets about 'destroyed' Puerto Rico after criticism

Trump tweets about 'destroyed' Puerto Rico after criticismPresident Donald Trump acknowledged late Monday that Puerto Rico was "in deep trouble," after facing blistering criticism for focusing much of his attention on a bitter feud with NFL players instead of the devastated US territory. Hurricanes Maria and Irma killed 13 people on the island -- with Maria almost completely destroying telecommunication networks last week. "Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble," Trump tweeted.


09/26/2017 01:48 AM
Kurdish president defiant over referendum in face of war games and flight suspensions

Kurdish president defiant over referendum in face of war games and flight suspensionsMasoud Barzani, president of Iraqi Kurdistan, was last night defiant over his decision to hold a controversial referendum on independence, even as its neighbour Iran mounted pressure by closing its airspace and launching military drills on the border. Tehran announced on Sunday it was blocking all flights to and from Kurdistan at the request of ally Iraq, which has described the secession vote as “unconstitutional” and warned that it could fan the flames of tensions in the Middle East. Some five million Kurds will go to the polls today in the three provinces that have since 2003 formed the autonomous region of Kurdistan, but also in territories disputed with Baghdad such as the oil-rich province of Kirkuk. Mr Barzani, a 71-year-old guerilla leader-turned-politician who enjoys something of a cult of personality in Kurdistan, has mustered huge popular support for the vote. The streets of Erbil, Kurdistan’s capital, are festooned with red, white and green Kurdish flags and large crowds holding nightly rallies. The Kurds - more than 30 million people spread across Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria - have long sought a state of their own. The result seems a foregone conclusion. A woman flashes the V-sign as Iraqi Kurds take part in a rally to urge people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum Credit: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images But with not just Baghdad, Iran and Turkey but also the US and UN opposing the vote, there is little hope that dream will be quickly realised in Iraq. Instead, observers say, Mr Barzani is using the referendum as leverage in the Kurdish Regional Government's longstanding disputes with federal authorities. “Our relationship with Baghdad is over, it is no longer working,” Mr Barzani told reporters during a press conference at the presidential palace in the mountains outside Erbil. Supporters wave flags and chant slogans inside the Erbil Stadium while waiting to hear Kurdish President Masoud Barzani speak Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images “Iraq has humiliated our people (…) They have galvanised the Iraqi people against Kurdistan." He said he had hoped for a better relationship with Baghdad after the fall in 2003 of the late iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who arrested, tortured and killed tens of thousands of Kurds during his rule. “We had a hope our relationship with Baghdad would improve, based on pluralism and democracy. But it didn’t take us long to realise that while the faces of the politicians changed, their mentality was the same,” he said. When asked why the vote could not be delayed, as the international community has repeatedly requested, Mr Barzani said: "We cannot wait another year, they will not change their mind, it will only strengthen their position." Some Kurds the Telegraph spoke to said they were planning to vote “yes” at the polls today, but worried about the consequences. “Our course we want our own country, to stand on our own, but I am scared about how our neighbours will respond,” said student Ahmed Rasol. “We will not have security in the future if we have no friends.”


09/24/2017 06:53 PM
Seattle Seahawks Absent At National Anthem To Protest 'Injustice' Against People Of Color

Seattle Seahawks Absent At National Anthem To Protest 'Injustice' Against People Of ColorIn the Seahawks’ match against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, the home team also was absent from the field during the anthem. “Our commitment to the military and our community is resolute and the absence of our team for the national anthem shouldn’t be misconstrued as unpatriotic,” according to the statement. Meghan Linsey, who sang the national anthem, got down one knee at the end of her rendition.


09/24/2017 09:31 PM
Model 'scalped and drained of blood' in murder unprecedented 'outside wartime', reveals LA autopsy

Model 'scalped and drained of blood' in murder unprecedented 'outside wartime', reveals LA autopsyAn autopsy report has revealed how a model was scalped and drained of blood, in a murder branded unprecedented “outside of wartime”. Comic book writer Blake Leibel, 35, is charged with the murder of the mother of his child, Ukrainian-born Iana Kasian, 30. The murder took place in May last year and Mr Leibel, the heir to a plastics and property fortune, could be given the death sentence if found guilty, due to the severity of the crime.


09/25/2017 08:32 AM
Correction: Haitians-The Mexican Dream story

Correction: Haitians-The Mexican Dream storyTIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — In a story Sept. 19 about Haitians settling in Mexico, The Associated Press misidentified the pastor of a Tijuana church. His name is Gustavo Banda, not Jeccene Thimote.


09/25/2017 04:30 AM
Here's What Farms Do To Hens Who Are Too Old To Lay Eggs

Here's What Farms Do To Hens Who Are Too Old To Lay EggsIt’s not a dumb question to ask, and the answer might surprise you.


09/25/2017 03:08 PM
White House Aide Struggles To Defend GOP Bill's Pre-Existing Conditions Loophole

White House Aide Struggles To Defend GOP Bill's Pre-Existing Conditions LoopholeA top Trump administration official ended up conceding on Sunday that individuals with pre-existing medical conditions might end up with higher premiums under the latest effort by Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. On “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace pressed White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short about a provision in the GOP repeal bill that would allow states to seek a waiver from rules barring insurers from charging people with pre-existing conditions higher premiums.


09/24/2017 08:48 PM
One week on, jittery Mexico far from coming to grips with quake

One week on, jittery Mexico far from coming to grips with quakeA week after an earthquake that killed more than 300 people, a shaken Mexico was torn Tuesday between trying to get back to normal and keeping up an increasingly hopeless search for survivors. Improbably, it hit just two hours after an annual earthquake drill, turning Mexico City's most seismically unstable neighborhoods into something out of a post-apocalyptic movie. Scores more were killed in the states of Morelos, Puebla, Mexico, Guerrero and Oaxaca.


09/26/2017 09:23 AM
At Least 1 Person Was Killed in Tennessee Church Shooting. Here’s What We Know

At Least 1 Person Was Killed in Tennessee Church Shooting. Here’s What We KnowAt least one woman was killed and seven people were injured Sunday when a masked gunman opened fire outside a Tennessee church, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.


09/24/2017 10:22 PM
Twitter Reacts To Trump Obsessing About NFL And Ignoring Puerto Rico

Twitter Reacts To Trump Obsessing About NFL And Ignoring Puerto RicoThe president's Twitter account was under scrutiny over the weekend.


09/25/2017 04:05 PM
One week to cross a street: how IS pinned down Filipino soldiers in Marawi

One week to cross a street: how IS pinned down Filipino soldiers in MarawiBy Tom Allard MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - With a grimace, Brigadier General Melquiades Ordiales of the Philippines 1st Marine Brigade recounted the painful gains made against Islamist militants in Marawi City. "It took us one week from this point to that point, to cross that street," he said, casting his eyes to the other side of a two-lane road in the heart of the southern Philippines city, lined by three-storey buildings shattered by air strikes and the remaining walls riddled with bullet holes. "It was really very, very tough." The grinding urban warfare that has destroyed much of the grandly named Sultan Omar Dianalan Boulevard shows just how much of a threat Islamic State is to the Philippines and potentially other countries in the Southeast Asian region.


09/25/2017 06:00 AM
How This Hospital Keeps Sick Turtles Safe During Hurricane Season

How This Hospital Keeps Sick Turtles Safe During Hurricane SeasonA few days after Hurricane Irma slammed into south Florida ― while there were still tight travel restrictions and curfews in place ― Bette Zirkelbach stocked an ambulance with supplies and raced south.


09/25/2017 04:13 PM
The U.S. Navy's Nuclear Submarines Could Be Made Obsolete

The U.S. Navy's Nuclear Submarines Could Be Made ObsoleteOn a more human level, it would be interesting to go back in time to World Wars I and II, where a constant refrain of the sailors and airmen who hunted subs was the sheer tedium of the search. Hour after hour after hour of scanning the oceans, in the hope that a needle in the haystack would reveal itself as a sonar contact or a tiny periscope peeking above the surface. If nothing else, farming out sub-hunting to the robots will make chasing subs a bit less dull.


09/25/2017 07:05 PM
The Milky Way shines down on Mount Fuji

The Milky Way shines down on Mount FujiThis is the mesmerizing image of a colorful Milky Way shining down on Mount Fuji. Steve Lance Lee, 37, captured the sky above the iconic mountain whilst on his honeymoon in Lake Kawaguchiko, Japan. Mount Fuji is illuminated underneath the galaxy of stars, creating an impressive landscape. (Caters News)


09/25/2017 11:32 AM
Trooper's widow sues sniper's parents for son's actions

Trooper's widow sues sniper's parents for son's actionsThe parents of a gunman who shot and killed a Pennsylvania trooper engaged in "psychological manipulation" of their son and should be held responsible for the deadly ambush at a state police barracks, according to a lawsuit filed by the trooper's widow.


09/25/2017 10:09 PM
Milo Yiannopoulos Flounders At Desperate 'Free Speech' Rally On UC Berkeley Campus

Milo Yiannopoulos Flounders At Desperate 'Free Speech' Rally On UC Berkeley CampusWhat was supposed to be his four-day Woodstock at the University of California turned out to be his alt-right Fyre Festival. As he admitted defeat, he promised an “unofficial” rally for his followers on Sunday, effectively mobilizing hordes of counterprotesters, anti-fascists and anyone in his far-right brigade brave enough to face them. The “rally” at Sproul Plaza on campus brought hundreds of demonstrators out, including Antifa activists and Yiannopoulos supporters.


09/24/2017 08:09 PM
UN says Rohingya must not be forced to move to remote island

UN says Rohingya must not be forced to move to remote islandBangladesh must not force Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar to move to camps on a desolate island, the UN refugee chief said Monday. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had mentioned the relocation plan when they met in July. The United Nations has praised Bangladesh for taking in the Rohingya, who fled a military crackdown in Myanmar.


09/25/2017 12:56 AM
British tourist mauled to death in Greece by rabid wolves not stray dogs, coroner believes

British tourist mauled to death in Greece by rabid wolves not stray dogs, coroner believesA British woman believed to have died after being mauled by feral dogs in Greece may have been attacked by rabid wolves, a coroner has said. The woman, named locally as Celia Hollingworth, of Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, was reported missing on Thursday. The 62-year-old disappeared while walking back to her accommodation in Maroneia, in the northern part of the country, following a visit to the nearby archaeological site of Mesimvria. Coroner Nikolaos Kifinidis told The Times that the condition of remains found on Saturday suggested she was not attacked by stray dogs. "It seems like she may have been attacked by other wild animals, like rabid wolves and jackals," he said. According to animal welfare campaigners, there are an estimated one million stray dogs in Greece, however wolves are common to the wooded region. Reports suggest that Ms Hollingworth tried to contact her relatives in London after being attacked, but lost signal on her phone. Celia Hollingworth had been visiting the nearby archaeological site of Mesimvria Credit: Hercules Milas/Alamy  Several campaign groups in the UK paid tribute to the retiree, who was described as "dedicated" and "always optimistic". Ms Hollingworth worked as an administrator at the University of Bristol and latterly dedicated her time to raising money for causes including Syrian refugees. A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: "We are working closely with officers in Greece regarding the formal identification of the deceased. "We are also working with colleagues from the Foreign Office and supporting her next of kin at this difficult time." A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are in contact with Greek police in relation to a British woman missing in northern Greece since Thursday. "We are also providing consular assistance to her family." The archaeological site of Mesimvria is is northern Greece


09/26/2017 08:47 AM
World War II vet goes viral for taking a knee in solidarity with NFL players

World War II vet goes viral for taking a knee in solidarity with NFL playersAs controversy surrounding President Trump's comments on NFL players protesting during the National Anthem embroiled the country this weekend, one 97-year-old veteran spoke out.


09/25/2017 11:56 AM
North Korea says U.S. 'declared war' warns it could shoot down U.S. bombers

North Korea says U.S. 'declared war' warns it could shoot down U.S. bombersNorth Korea's foreign minister said on Monday that President Donald Trump had declared war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserves the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. bombers even if they are not in its air space.


09/25/2017 07:17 PM
Junot Diaz: If Puerto Rico Means Anything To You, You Have To Step Up

Junot Diaz: If Puerto Rico Means Anything To You, You Have To Step UpJunot Diaz delivered an impassioned speech about the devastation currently plaguing Puerto Rico at La Fábrica Central in Massachusetts on Sunday.


09/25/2017 09:15 PM
Neil deGrasse Tyson Picks Apart The Science Of Iconic ‘Game Of Thrones’ Scenes

Neil deGrasse Tyson Picks Apart The Science Of Iconic ‘Game Of Thrones’ ScenesAstrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has some good news and bad news for the creative team behind “Game of Thrones.”


09/25/2017 09:06 AM
Graphic Video Shows Huntington Beach Police Officer Shooting Man Several Times

Graphic Video Shows Huntington Beach Police Officer Shooting Man Several TimesA graphic video shows a Huntington Beach police officer shooting a man seven times and killing him. The slain man was identified as a Navy veteran who was suffering from mental health issues, according to his family.


09/26/2017 05:58 AM
5 things to know about Germany's surging nationalist party

5 things to know about Germany's surging nationalist partyBERLIN (AP) — Alternative for Germany was founded four years ago at the height of the eurozone crisis, when opposition to a German bailout of other countries using the common currency was strong.


09/25/2017 03:00 AM
Russia, Syria intensify bombing of rebel-held Idlib, witnesses say

Russia, Syria intensify bombing of rebel-held Idlib, witnesses sayBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Russian and Syrian jets escalated strikes on rebel-held Idlib and Hama provinces, several days after jihadist rebels opened an offensive against government-held parts of northwestern Syria, rebels and witnesses said on Sunday. The bombing campaign in heavily populated civilian areas shattered six months of relative calm. Russian-inspired ceasefires had given a temporary reprieve to tens of thousands of people living in rebel-held northwestern Syria.


09/24/2017 03:39 PM
'World's heaviest woman' dies in Abu Dhabi hospital

'World's heaviest woman' dies in Abu Dhabi hospitalAn Egyptian believed to be the world's heaviest woman died Monday of heart and kidney failure at an Abu Dhabi hospital, following months of treatment to help her lose weight and one day walk again. A team of more than 20 doctors had been caring for the bedridden Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 37, since her arrival at Burjeel Hospital in May. El Aty first sought treatment in India, travelling from the port city of Alexandria to Mumbai aboard a specially modified Airbus in early February.


09/25/2017 12:11 AM
Twitter Points Out Everything That's Wrong With Mason Jar Salads

Twitter Points Out Everything That's Wrong With Mason Jar SaladsThe Mason jar has many different roles in the kitchen, and holding salads is one of the newer ones.


09/25/2017 02:44 PM
Why Hillary Clinton was right about white women – and their husbands

Why Hillary Clinton was right about white women – and their husbandsHillary Clinton hoped to wear white on election night, a tribute to the suffragettes and the sweep of political history. Many had expected Clinton to rally women, the same way Barack Obama rallied black voters in 2008 – and if she had, she would have handily trumped Donald Trump.


09/25/2017 10:00 AM
Watch: ISIS Leaders Laugh in Raqqa as World Hunted Them

Watch: ISIS Leaders Laugh in Raqqa as World Hunted ThemThe British men included Jihadi John, executioner of three Americans, and Junaid Hussain, ISIS's cyber chief.


09/25/2017 05:24 PM
Steven Mnuchin Says NFL Players Can 'Do Free Speech On Their Own Time'

Steven Mnuchin Says NFL Players Can 'Do Free Speech On Their Own Time'Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday echoed President Donald Trump’s criticism of professional athletes who protest racism, saying that the players kneeling or making other gestures during the national anthem can “do free speech on their own time.”


09/24/2017 03:21 PM
Drone Footage of Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh

Drone Footage of Rohingya Refugee Camps in BangladeshMassive, makeshift refugee camps are sprawling over farms and open land in southern Bangladesh as more than 430,000 Rohingya Muslims fled terrible violence in their predominantly Buddhist homeland of Myanmar.


09/25/2017 03:15 PM
Chelsea Manning barred from entering Canada for offences 'similar to treason'

Chelsea Manning barred from entering Canada for offences 'similar to treason'Chelsea Manning, a former American soldier jailed for leaking troves of classified information, said on Monday that she was banned from entering Canada due to criminal convictions in the United States. Manning had tried to cross at the official border office at Lacolle, Quebec, on Friday.  On Monday, she posted a letter from Canadian immigration officials to her Twitter account that said she was not admitted because she was convicted of offences deemed equivalent to treason in Canada.  "So, I guess Canada has permanently banned me? Denied entry b/c of convictions similar to "treason" offence," she wrote.  so, i guess canada has permanently banned me ? ✋�������� @CitImmCanada denied entry b/c of convictions similar to "treason" offense ������ pic.twitter.com/xp0JOEEOGd— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) September 25, 2017 The document said that Manning had committed a crime outside the country that "would equate to an indictable offence, namely treason" in Canada and which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment. Committing a crime elsewhere that would carry a maximum sentence of at least 10 years in Canada is grounds for a person to be denied entry, the document said. Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, declined to comment "on any specific case" at a news conference, and said he looked "forward to seeing more details about this situation." Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale suggested on Monday he would think hard before overruling a border officer’s decision. “No such request has been made to me with respect to that matter,” Mr Goodale said, according to the National Post. Profile | Chelsea Manning “And, when a Canada Border Services officer has exercised appropriately within their jurisdiction the judgment that they are called upon to make, I don’t interfere in that process in any kind of a light or cavalier manner.” Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 for leaking more than 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks three years earlier, when she was known as Bradley. She served seven years, and twice tried to take her own life last year alone, before then-president Barack Obama commuted her sentence just days before he left office in January. Manning was released from Fort Leavenworth's all-male prison in May. During her incarceration, Manning battled for - and won - the right to start hormone treatment. She now has cropped blonde hair and a decidedly feminine look.    


09/25/2017 11:47 PM
The U.S. Navy Wants to Bring Back Some Old Frigates (That Can't Fight)

The U.S. Navy Wants to Bring Back Some Old Frigates (That Can't Fight)The U.S. Navy is seriously considering reactivating as many as seven recently-decommissioned Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates in order to quickly boost the size of the U.S. Navy’s surface fleet. Rather than sending them into harm’s way in the Middle East or into the crowded, dangerous waters of the Western Pacific, the Navy would assign the 4,100-ton Perrys to the Caribbean in “a limited drug-interdiction mode,” Spencer said.


09/25/2017 11:22 AM
Germany's Syrian refugees celebrate Merkel win but fear rise of far-right

Germany's Syrian refugees celebrate Merkel win but fear rise of far-rightBy Joseph Nasr BERLIN (Reuters) - Syrian refugees rejoiced on Sunday at the news that Angela Merkel had secured a fourth term as German chancellor, but said they were alarmed by the rise of the far-right AfD party, which they feared could push her to tighten asylum rules. "We prayed that Merkel would win," said Fatima al-Haidar, a mother of two from Damascus. The conservatives bled support to the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD), which entered parliament for the first time as the third-biggest party, cashing in on anger at Merkel's decision to welcome more than 1.3 million refugees.


09/24/2017 08:19 PM
9 Hotel Design Ideas to Steal and Use at Home

9 Hotel Design Ideas to Steal and Use at Home


09/25/2017 01:21 PM
Woman Bitten Several Times By Copperhead Snake At LongHorn Steakhouse

Woman Bitten Several Times By Copperhead Snake At LongHorn SteakhouseCopperhead snakes bite more people in the U.S. than any other snake species. Although their bites are typically not fatal to humans but are serious and should be treated with medical attention immediately.


09/25/2017 03:57 AM
Singer Jessie James Decker Voices Support For National Anthem Amid Protests

Singer Jessie James Decker Voices Support For National Anthem Amid ProtestsCountry singer Jessie James Decker spoke out in support of the national anthem amid NFL protests over President Donald Trump’s comments attacking players who choose to kneel during the patriotic song.


09/25/2017 03:58 PM
Russian state agents behind 'grave violations' in Crimea: UN

Russian state agents behind 'grave violations' in Crimea: UNRussian state agents have committed serious abuses, including torture, in Crimea, the UN said Monday, warning that the rights situation in the annexed peninsula had "significantly deteriorated" under Moscow's occupation. In a fresh report, the UN human rights agency said that Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula in March 2014 had set off a broad crackdown targeting Ukrainian institutions and culture. The report found evidence of "grave human rights violations, such as arbitrary arrests and detentions, enforced disappearances, ill-treatment and torture, and at least one extra-judicial execution", the UN statement said.


09/25/2017 11:28 AM
Prince Harry Has A Twin, And It's Justin Trudeau's Photographer

Prince Harry Has A Twin, And It's Justin Trudeau's PhotographerIt turns out Prince Harry has a look-alke, and he’s Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s photographer.


09/25/2017 03:23 PM
Wanted: 1 million people to study genes, habits and health

Wanted: 1 million people to study genes, habits and healthWASHINGTON (AP) — In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact — and to finally customize ways to prevent and treat disease.


09/25/2017 08:09 PM
Funeral Director Charged After Allegedly Showing Off Photos of Corpses: Cops

Funeral Director Charged After Allegedly Showing Off Photos of Corpses: CopsAngeliegha Stewart, 27, has been charged with abuse of a corpse.


09/25/2017 05:21 PM
Anthony Weiner Is Going to Prison for Sexting Scandal

Anthony Weiner Is Going to Prison for Sexting ScandalHe broke down in tears when the sentence was announced


09/25/2017 02:57 PM
German election 2017 polls and odds tracker: Will Angela Merkel remain as Chancellor?

German election 2017 polls and odds tracker: Will Angela Merkel remain as Chancellor?The German election takes place this Sunday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel heavy favourite to defend her position against Martin Schulz for a fourth term in power. Polls currently show that Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party - with its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) - will be the largest party after the Bundestag election on 24 September, but they will fall short of a majority. This is common in Germany, and so the resulting parliament is in part determined by how the smaller parties perform, and which coalition possibilities will be born. German election poll tracker How does the German voting system work? Each person casts two votes in the Bundestag election, to allocate a total of 598 seats. Half of these are to elect a local MP by constituency, in a first-past-the-post fashion. The remaining 299 votes are elected via party lists, allocated near-proportionately to the party vote share in each of Germany’s 16 federal states. To be included in this seat allocation process, a party must achieve five per cent of the national vote.  2013 German Federal Election Results Map This second round of seat allocation also means that the total number of MPs can be higher, with politicians elected in "overhang seats" in order to balance the state- and constituency-level votes. The most recent parliament had 32 overhang seats, taking the total up to 631 MPs. This allows voters to represent their interests locally through their chosen representative, as well as nationally in the party they feel will be strongest in the Bundestag. In the end, the seat share for each party ends up very similar to their vote share - unlike the system used in the UK's parliamentary elections. Graphic: The German electoral system So who will win the German election and when will we know the results? Merkel's CDU is looking most likely to win the most seats in the Bundestag - for the fourth election in a row.  The SPD, led by former President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, is in second place in the polls - securing around a quarter of the vote. The AfD - the far-right Alternative for Germany party - had enjoyed a slight rise in the polls in 2016 but have since collapsed into in-fighting and unpopularity. German election projected seat share In reality, the CDU will have to seek a coalition agreement with the SPD or one of the other minor parties to form a government.  We should know who has won the election by 6pm BST this Sunday, when voting ends and the exit poll is released, although it won't be several more weeks until a coalition government is officially agreed. The return of the far-right A late surge in support has propelled the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party into third place in the opinion polls with just days to go before the ballot. Last time around the party, fighting in it's first federal election, failed to win a constituency outright and fell just short of the five per cent required in order to secure MPs via the secondary proportional representation stage of the election. The rise of the AfD This time however they seem guaranteed to win representation in the Bundestag with the latest polling average putting them at slightly over 10 per cent. YouGov's Multilevel Regression with Poststratification model puts them on 12 per cent. Were the AfD to secure a third place finish they could find themselves becoming the main opposition party in Germany if Merkel's CDU/CSU party decide to extend their Grand Coalition with the SPD. AfD support mapped Potential coalitions The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) has been in coalition with centre-right CDU in this current government, as well as in Merkel's first term. These two parties are Germany’s biggest, leading to a union dubbed the "Grand Coalition". The polls are currently suggesting that Germans are content with their current government, which means a Grand Coalition could happen for a third time in just four elections. Another option is a Black-Yellow coalition, consisting of Merkel's CDU party propped up by the smaller Free Democratic Party (FDP). This would take Merkel over the target needed for a majority, and was the option the party opted for in 2009-2013.  The only situation that poses a risk to Merkel’s leadership is a left-wing "Red-Red-Green" coalition, led by the SPD's Martin Schulz. For this, he would have to gather enough seats together alongside the Linke (Left) and Grüne (Greens) parties. German election coalition scenarios What do the parties stand for? The main parties standing in the election are as follows: Christian Democrats (CDU): The leading party in Germany, headed by Angela Merkel. The centre-right group - made up of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) - they have employment, tax cuts and ongoing public investment at the forefront of their manifesto. Social Democrats (SPD): Led by Martin Schulz, the centre-left are vying to make another Grand Coalition to remain in government. The party polled well following the election of their new leader, but then suffered once again in regional polls. The SPD is a traditionally working class party, pledging investment in education and infrastructure, funded by higher taxes for the rich. Left (Linke): Led by Sahra Wagenknecht and loosely descended from the East German communists. This small party, often used as a protest vote, is campaigning for a rise in national minimum wage, a rejection of military missions abroad and the dissolution of NATO. Green (Grüne): Led by co-chairs Katrin Göring-Eckardt and Cem Özdemir, this party could be the coalition kingmakers. They rely on educated, urban citizens, focusing on the environment, taxes and social policies. Free Democratic Party (FDP): Led by Christian Lindner, the party was Merkel's junior coalition party in her second term. It failed to reach five per cent of the vote to allow another coalition in 2013. The party campaigns for tax cuts and to remain in financial markets - particularly within the EU. Alternative for Germany (AfD): A right-wing populist party lead by Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland. The party's hardline anti-EU, anti-immigration views have attracted voters from almost all of the other parties, especially among lower income households. Graphic: Germany’s political spectrum What are the betting odds for the German Bundestag election? Political pollsters have taken a beating recently after failing to predict a British Hung Parliament in 2017, a Leave vote last summer and a Donald Trump victory in November. For those who have lost faith in polling, there is another way of predicting electoral outcomes: ask people who are prepared to put their money where their mouth is. Many now believe that political betting markets can better predict elections, relying on the wisdom of a crowd of punters to sort and weigh all the probabilities. Coral's latest odds for the election have Mrs Merkel as most likely to continue as Chancellor after the election. The latest odds for the party to emerge with the most seats are: CDU/ CSU - 1/100 SPD - 16/1 AfD - 100/1 Die Linke - 100/1 Greens - 100/1 FDP - 100/1   Our poll tracker takes in national polls from a range of German pollsters: INSA, Infratest Dimap, Emnid, Forsa, Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Allensbach and IPSOS. Their individual polls, while of different sample sizes, use nationally representative samples. Our seat share projection is based on the average of the last eight polls, excluding any parties that are polling at under five per cent, as the German proportional top-up system does.


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