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House GOPers Say A Secret Memo Could End The Trump-Russia Probe. Their Staff Wrote It.

House GOPers Say A Secret Memo Could End The Trump-Russia Probe. Their Staff Wrote It.WASHINGTON ― House Republicans spent the end of the workweek telling everyone who would listen that the American people must be allowed to see a top-secret four-page document that could bring an end to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 elections.


01/20/2018 01:14 AM
Photos of the week: 1/12 - 1/19

Photos of the week: 1/12 - 1/19A house of horrors was discovered in Perris, California at the start of the week.


01/19/2018 08:17 PM
Two Navy commanders charged with homicide

Two Navy commanders charged with homicideRachel Maddow reports that two of the U.S. Navy commanders involved in the deadly ship collisions last year are being charged with negligent homicide among other charges.


01/19/2018 09:43 PM
House Ethics Committee Drops Republican Over Taxpayer-Funded Harassment Settlement

House Ethics Committee Drops Republican Over Taxpayer-Funded Harassment SettlementA Republican tasked with fighting against sexual harassment in Congress secretly settled a misconduct complaint filed against him by a former aide, The New York Times first reported Saturday.


01/21/2018 01:14 AM
13 siblings allegedly held captive at home by parents: Part 1

13 siblings allegedly held captive at home by parents: Part 1David and Louise Turpin pleaded not guilty to a combined 75 total counts, including charges of torture, child abuse and false imprisonment.


01/19/2018 11:45 PM
Kabul hotel attack: 19 dead, including 14 foreigners, in overnight Taliban siege

Kabul hotel attack: 19 dead, including 14 foreigners, in overnight Taliban siegeAt least 19 people were killed during a 13 hour siege after Taliban gunmen in army uniforms stormed a luxury Kabul hotel popular with Afghan officials and foreigners. Eyewitnesses described how the gunmen deliberately targeted foreigners as they rampaged through the six-floor Intercontinental Hotel.   One Afghan man told the BBC that he was spared by militants who shouted "Where are the foreigners?" as they ran into the hotel's restaurant at around 9pm local time on Saturday night. At least 14 of the dead were believed to be foreign nationals, among them two Venezuelans and six Ukrainians. The gun battle ended on Sunday morning as Afghan special forces killed the last of the six gunmen, who were armed with grenades, automatic weapons and suicide vests. By 10am, Special Forces could be seen sweeping the roof of the hotel as firefighters attempted to extinguish a blaze which had ripped through the sixth floor. Thick clouds of black smoke could be seen pouring from the building, an imposing 1960s structure set on a hilltop. Afghan security personnel stand guard as black smoke rises from the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul Credit: AP Photo/Rahmat Gul Some 150 desperate staff and guests managed to escape the building throughout the night, amid heavy gunfire and explosions. One witness told AFP that the hotel's security team fled "without a fight". Dramatic footage showed people clambering down from upper-floor balconies using bedsheets tied together. Telecoms executive Aziz Tayeb posted a desperate plea on Facebook from a hiding place behind a pillar as attackers sprayed guests and staff with bullets: "Pray for me. I may die." Mr Tayeb was at the hotel for a major IT conference set to take place yesterday. The Intercontinental hotel in Kabul is under siege from gunmen. Credit: Reuters Abdul Rahman Naseri, also at the hotel for the conference, described how he saw four gunmen dressed in army uniforms. "They were shouting in Pashto, 'Don't leave any of them alive, good or bad'. 'Shoot and kill them all,’ one of them shouted," Mr Naseri said. "I ran to my room on the second floor. I opened the window and tried to get out using a tree but the branch broke and I fell to the ground. I hurt my back and broke a leg." The attackers are believed to have got into the hotel via the kitchen, and a worker in the restaurant said the men had sat down and ordered food, before opening fire. A man tries to escape from a balcony at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel during an attack by gunmen  Credit: Reuters "They were wearing very stylish clothes," the man, named as Haseeb, told Tolo News. "They came to me and asked for food. I served them the food and they thanked me and took their seats. Then they took out their weapons and started shooting the people." A senior security official said that the attackers had moved directly from the first floor to the fourth and fifth floors, suggesting the attack had been carefully prepared, possibly with inside help. An Afghan policeman keeps watch near the site of an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Credit:  REUTERS "When the sixth floor caught fire this morning, my roommate told me, either burn or escape," said Mohammad Musa, who was hiding in his room on the top floor. "I got a bed sheet and tied it to the balcony. I tried to come down but I was heavy and my arms were not strong enough. I fell down and injured my shoulder and leg.""There were dozens of dead bodies lying around me." The Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul was previously targeted in 2011. Credit: Reuters Wahid Majroh, a spokesman for the ministry of public health, last night said 19 bodies had been brought into the city's hospitals, but a senior Afghan security official said the death toll was over 30 and might climb higher. At least 11 of the dead worked for private Afghan airline Kam Air, which on Sunday suspended domestic flights. It said a further 14 emloyees were still missing. A security personnel points his weapon near the Intercontinental Hotel after a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Credit: Massoud Hossaini Also among the dead was Dr Abdullah Waheed Poyan, a well-respected academic who had worked for the Afghan diplomatic corps. Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said a private company had taken over responsibility for security at the hotel three weeks ago and there would be an investigation into possible failings, just days after a US embassy warning of possible attacks on hotels in Kabul. Afghan security forces arrive the site of an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Credit:  REUTERS The raid was the latest in a series of attacks that have underlined the city's vulnerability and the ability of militants to mount high-profile operations aimed at undermining confidence in the Western-backed government. The Taliban, which attacked the same hotel in 2011, claimed responsibility for the attack, its spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.


01/21/2018 09:21 AM
This Flu Season Is The Worst Possible Time For A Government Shutdown

This Flu Season Is The Worst Possible Time For A Government ShutdownFlu cases are continuing to rise in the U.S., with some states, such as California, seeing record numbers of patients seeking medical attention.


01/20/2018 01:52 AM
11 Asian Beef Recipes You'll Be Eating On Repeat

11 Asian Beef Recipes You'll Be Eating On Repeat


01/20/2018 12:26 AM
Philippines says it won't be embroiled in US-China sea spat

Philippines says it won't be embroiled in US-China sea spatMANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines said Sunday that it won't get embroiled in a fresh spat between the U.S. and China involving Beijing's protest of an American warship passing near a Chinese-controlled shoal also claimed by the Philippines.


01/21/2018 12:09 PM
The women who marched in 2018

The women who marched in 2018One year into President Trump's administration, another Women's March. Here are scenes from the New York City event.


01/20/2018 10:37 PM
Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In Congress

Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In CongressHouse Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday he wasn’t planning on leaving Congress any time soon, but he also didn’t disclose whether he will serve another term in the House of Representatives.


01/21/2018 05:02 PM
Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend won't face charges: sheriff

Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend won't face charges: sheriffThe shooters live-in girlfriend, Marilou Danley, had told the FBI she had no idea Paddock was "planning violence against anyone" before he rained bullets from a Las Vegas hotel room on a country music concert below, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Las Vegas police would not identify the person being investigated and FBI officials could not be reached for comment. Danley became a focus of the investigation for having shared his retirement community condo in Mesquite, Nevada, northeast of Las Vegas, before leaving the United States for the Philippines in mid-September.


01/19/2018 09:54 PM
Young Mother Becomes 4th Member of Montecito Family Found Dead in Mudslides

Young Mother Becomes 4th Member of Montecito Family Found Dead in MudslidesThe discovery of 28-year-old Faviola Benitez Calderon puts the death toll at 21, with two still missing.


01/21/2018 01:39 PM
The Washington D.C. City Government Does Not Participate In The Shutdown

The Washington D.C. City Government Does Not Participate In The ShutdownWASHINGTON ― When the federal government partially shut down in 1995, the local city government closed recreation centers and suspended trash collection while then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich seethed over having having to sit in the back of Air Force One.


01/20/2018 10:52 PM
Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabet

Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabetKazakhstan's quarter-century struggle to assert its autonomy from former overlord Russia has hit an unlikely snag: the lowly apostrophe.  A vast but sparsely populated country wedged between Russia and China, Kazakhstan came under the rule of its northern neighbour as Russia and Britain jostled for control of Central Asia in the Great Game. It also came under its linguistic influence, and to this day, many Kazakhs speak more Russian than their Turkic native tongue.  This became especially concerning after Russian state media, which remain popular in Kazakhstan, helped whip up Russian-speaking separatists to fight government forces in Ukraine in 2014. In April, Kazakhstan's president of 27 years, Nursultan Nazarbayev, ordered the government to prepare a new Kazakh alphabet based on Latin characters and ditch the one based on Russia's Cyrillic script, which the Soviets implemented in 1940. He has said this will give Kazakhstan “real independence” and help it join the “information world”. But a cumbersome version of the new alphabet chosen by Mr Nazarbayev last autumn has sparked rare dissent in this authoritarian country due to its ample apostrophes. Of 32 letters in the alphabet, nine are written with an apostrophe. Mr Nazarbayev meets with Vladimir Putin in December. He has tried to gently assert Kazakhstan's independence from its former overlord Credit: Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP An “against apostrophes” hashtag soon appeared on social media. So did a “No to Kazakh Latinisation with apostrophes!” Change.org petition in October, which was briefly blocked. Film director Saken Zholdas made a video explaining how inconvenient the apostrophes were.  “With this decision, we are unintentionally, or maybe intentionally, killing the brand of Kazakh language once and for all,” he said. The problem lies in the need to differentiate related but distinct Kazakh sounds, such as a long and short “a,” or consonants similar to “s” and “sh”.  Setting them apart with an apostrophe allows the alphabet to be typed on a standard Latin keyboard, but also produces odd flurries of punctuation and many eyesore words. For instance, the word for “bottle,” pronounced “shisha,” is written “s'i's'a”, while “east,” pronounced “shyghys,” becomes “s'yg'ys”. Those are hardly the worst: The word for “skier” will be “s'an'g'ys'y” and that for “crucial” will be “s'es'u's'i”. The Republic of Kazakhstan will be written “Qazaqstan Respy’bli’kasy”. The palace of peace and reconciliation designed by Norman Foster in Astana, Kazakhstan Credit: Sergei Bobylev/\TASS via Getty Images Some have speculated that Mr Nazarbayev picked the apostrophes to keep Kazakh distinct from the Latinised alphabets of other Turkic languages and placate Russia, which since Soviet times has feared pan-Turkic movements along its southern border.  “The guy just liked it, and since our country is this way, no one in government can tell the president no,” Aidos Sarym, a political analyst who previously served on a state working group on Latinisation, told The Telegraph.  Last month, Mr Nazarbayev said while the new apostrophes had caused “much discussion,” this version was the right one because it suited computer keyboards.  But at the same time it complicates web searches and social media hashtags, where an apostrophe between letters splits them into separate words.  “From a technical point of view, apostrophes create more problems than they solve,” said political analyst Dosym Satpayev. Mr Nazarbayev appears with Donald Trump in the White House on Tuesday. He has tried to balance relations with the United States, Russia and China Credit: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg In his video, Mr Zholdas suggested replacing the apostrophes with accent marks over the nine letters in question, a move he said could be supported by 70 per cent of computer fonts. Despite the defence of his version in December, Mr Nazarbayev also said there was still time to “work with the new alphabet” before the country switches over fully in 2025, giving hope that he could eventually relax his stance. “He wants to go into history … as the father of the new Latin Kazakh alphabet,” Mr Sarym said. “You can choose any version and let it be called the Nazarbayev version, but do it right so there aren't problems now, and so that tomorrow we won't have to do an upgrade.”


01/20/2018 02:35 PM
Do You Need Tamiflu for the Flu?

Do You Need Tamiflu for the Flu?This year is proving to be a challenging one when it comes to fighting the flu. As of January 13, this season's flu is responsible for more than 9,000 hospitalizations—and 30 deaths in children a...


01/19/2018 10:53 PM
Pizzeria Provides A Tasty Solution For People Who Want To Eat Tide Pods

Pizzeria Provides A Tasty Solution For People Who Want To Eat Tide PodsA New York pizzeria is hoping to combat the dangerous “Tide Pod challenge” craze by offering a delicious, nontoxic alternative.


01/19/2018 10:15 PM
North Korea offers to resume pre-Olympic visit to South

North Korea offers to resume pre-Olympic visit to SouthSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed sending a delegation led by the leader of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics.


01/20/2018 11:34 AM
Cable News Chyrons Tell The Bizarre Story Of Trump's First Year In Office

Cable News Chyrons Tell The Bizarre Story Of Trump's First Year In OfficeDonald Trump has officially completed one full year as president, and holy moly what a year it’s been.


01/20/2018 10:18 PM
Assad regime promotes Syria as a 'tourist' destination

Assad regime promotes Syria as a 'tourist' destinationIt is over a year since Bashar al-Assad's regime, with the help of Russian air strikes and barrel bombs, pounded the rebel-held east of Aleppo into submission. Now, having largely destroyed the city it sought to control, the Assad regime wants the world to visit what remains: as a tourist destination. This week the Syrian government is advertising Aleppo, along with other destinations in Syria, at the Fitur International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid, "promoting" the country's attractions to the world.


01/20/2018 12:25 AM
Clergy Abuse Advocates Fear Pope Francis Is Making It Harder For Victims To Speak Up

Clergy Abuse Advocates Fear Pope Francis Is Making It Harder For Victims To Speak UpWhen Joelle Casteix heard Pope Francis accuse sex abuse victims in Chile of slander, the pontiff’s words hit close to home.


01/20/2018 02:42 AM
2 Americans, 2 Canadians freed after kidnapping in Nigeria, police say

2 Americans, 2 Canadians freed after kidnapping in Nigeria, police sayTwo Americans and two Canadians who were kidnapped in Nigeria's north-central Kaduna state on Tuesday have been freed.


01/20/2018 03:06 PM
Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotelGunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Kabul and killed at least 18 people, most of them foreigners, sparking a 12-hour battle with Afghan forces backed by Norwegian troops that left terrified guests scrambling to escape. Several Ukrainians were among those killed in the Taliban-claimed assault on the six-storey Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital, Ukrainian foreign ministry official Vasyl Kyrylych confirmed to AFP, adding that more information would be released Monday. Afghan interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said 14 foreigners were among the dead, but did not specify their nationalities, in comments to Afghanistan’s Tolo News hours after the overnight attack that ended Sunday.


01/21/2018 07:20 PM
Turkey launches offensive against Syrian city held by US-backed Kurdish forces

Turkey launches offensive against Syrian city held by US-backed Kurdish forcesTurkish warplanes stuck residential parts of Syria’s Afrin on Saturday, forcing people to hole up in their homes and shelters, as Ankara launched an offensive to smash positions held by US-backed Kurdish forces. Hevi Mustafa, a top member of the civilian administration that governs the city in the northwest of Syria, said several wounded people had arrived in the hospitals. "As of this moment our brave armed forces have started the aerial offensive to eliminate the PYD and PKK and Daesh elements in Afrin," said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, referring to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party and the Kurdistan Worker's Party respectively, and using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. Associated Press journalists at the Turkish border saw at least five jets heading toward Afrin. They also witnessed a convoy of buses, believed to be carrying Syrian opposition fighters, traveling along the border across from Afrin. The convoy included trucks mounted with machine guns. A senior Turkish official said the jets hit positions held by US-backed SDF militias. The militias had said any attack would be “sudden and unjustified” and “breathe new life” into Islamic State. Turkey has been shelling the area for two days, while Syria had warned it would shoot down any Turkish planes over its territory. Ankara, which claims the offensive will provide safety to its Turkey’s borders and the region, informed foreign governments involved in Syria about the attack, which began at 5pm local time and has been codenamed Operation Olive Branch. A military aircraft of Turkish Air Force lands at the Incirlik 10th Tanker Base Command in Saricam district, in Adana after Turkish military started the''Operation Olive Branch'' in Afrin on January 20, 2018. Credit: Anadolu Agency  Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has discussed Turkey's military offensive in Syria with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Separately, Turkey's chief of military staff Hulusi Akar spoke with his US and Russian counterparts, Turkish media reports said. Ministry officials said Saturday Tillerson requested a telephone conversation with Cavusoglu. They did not provide further details. Graphic: Areas of control in Syria Saturday's attack follows Turkish anger at a US announcement of plans to create a 30,000 Kurdish-led "border security force" along the border of Turkey. Tillerson later said the US plans were "misrepresented," in an apparent bid to appease Turkey. Russia has removed its military observers  from the Kurdish-run city. Moscow has said it will demand Turkey halt military operation in Afrin in support of its Syrian allies. At 7.30pm local time, Russia pulled back troops deployed close to Afrin to Tell-Afjar, which is within the de-escalation zone established in September. The Defence Ministry said the decisions was made “to prevent possible provocations” and to “exclude the threat to life and health of Russian servicemen”. Rojhat Roj, a spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish militia group, confirmed that a Turkish plane struck Afrin city. Smoke rises from the Syria's Afrin region, as it is pictured from near the Turkish town of Hassa, on the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay province Credit: Osman Orsal/Reuters  


01/20/2018 05:39 PM
With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down

With just 3 students, small-town high school closing downROCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — With just three students left attending high school here, junior Kimberly Taylor moves from one empty classroom to the next, taking mostly online classes or studying alone.


01/21/2018 02:17 PM
Government Shuts Down After Senate Blocks Short-Term Spending Bill

Government Shuts Down After Senate Blocks Short-Term Spending BillWASHINGTON ― With less than two hours to go before a deadline to avert a government shutdown, 48 senators blocked a four-week government spending extension, leaving lawmakers scrambling ahead of a shutdown set to take effect at midnight.


01/20/2018 04:25 AM
Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trial

Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trialMILWAUKEE (AP) — Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's run-in with a 25-year-old man who shook his head at him while boarding a flight last year is headed to trial.


01/21/2018 04:19 PM
New Zealand Just Became The 11th Country To Send A Rocket Into Orbit

New Zealand Just Became The 11th Country To Send A Rocket Into OrbitNew Zealand successfully launched a rocket into orbit on Sunday, becoming the 11th country to achieve the feat.


01/21/2018 02:41 PM
U.S. Government Faces Critical ‘Brain Drain’ of Sanctions Experts

U.S. Government Faces Critical ‘Brain Drain’ of Sanctions ExpertsDeparture of top sanctions official prompts new concerns.


01/19/2018 10:35 PM
Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking

Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife traffickingThai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia's illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to a family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers. Boonchai Bach, 40, a Vietnamese national with Thai citizenship, was arrested on Friday evening over the smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth around $1 million from Africa to Thailand.


01/20/2018 09:18 AM
Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest Reworking

Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest ReworkingA photo-editing battle has erupted over this somewhat unsettling snap of President Donald Trump’s face on a stack of German newspapers: PsBattle: Trump screaming in a stack of newspapers from photoshopbattles The viral image was actually part of an advertising campaign for the Der Tagesspiegel newspaper back in 2016, reports AdWeek.


01/20/2018 09:06 AM
The Twisted Psychology of Parents Who Torture Their Children

The Twisted Psychology of Parents Who Torture Their ChildrenDavid and Louise Turpin face nearly 100 years in prison after starving and imprisoning their 13 children for years


01/19/2018 10:57 PM
Confronting China and Russia, not tackling terrorism, is now America's top security priority

Confronting China and Russia, not tackling terrorism, is now America's top security priorityCountering China and Russia is a bigger focus for US national security than defeating terrorism, the American administration announced yesterday.  Donald Trump’s new national defence strategy named “inter-state strategic competition” as its primary concern rather than jihadist attacks.  It marks a tipping point after almost two decades when the US has focussed on countering terrorism following the September 11 attacks.  China, Russia, North Korea and Iran were all mentioned as powers that were threatening the international order.  The strategy signals a return of a Cold War-style mentality in American foreign policy that will focus on countering rival great powers.  James Mattis,  US Secretary of Defense Credit: EPA/WALLACE WOON James Mattis, the US defence secretary, explained the rationale behind the 11-page national defence strategy in a speech on Friday.  “We will to continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists that we’re engaged in today, but great-power competition - not terrorism - is now the primary focus of US national security,” he said.  Mr Mattis added: "To those who would threaten America's experiment in democracy: they must know if you challenge us, it will be your longest and worst day." The document itself included a similar message: “Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in US national security.” It called out threats posed by rival nations. “China is a strategic competitor using predatory economics to intimidate its neighbours while militarising features in the South China Sea,” it read.  US President Donald Trump, right, and Russia's President Vladimir  Credit: APEC-SUMMIT “Russia has violated the borders of nearby nations and pursues veto power over the economic, diplomatic, and security decisions of its neighbours. “As well, North Korea’s outlaw actions and reckless rhetoric continue despite United Nation’s censure and sanctions. "Iran continues to sow violence and remains the most significant challenge to Middle East stability.” John McCain, the Republican senator of Arizona, welcomed the strategy, saying: “It gets the big decisions right, prioritises the threats we face, and offers clear guidance for making tough choices.” Mr Mattis also called on Democrats to agree new funding ahead of a midnight Friday deadline, warning that the military would suffer if they blocked budget proposals.  Appealing to Congress, he said: "No strategy can survive without predictable funding. As hard as the last 16 years have been, no enemy has harmed the US military more than defence spending caps and sequestration." Mr Trump cancelled his trip to Florida on Friday in an attempt to help avoid a government shutdown as Republicans piled pressure on their political opponents.   The US president was due to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort but stayed in Washington as scrambled negotiations played out behind the scenes.  A fierce blame game erupted in the American capital as political rivals pointed the finger at each other over who was at fault.  Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, accused Democrats of being unpatriotic by threatening to block a funding extension.   “The American people, the citizens who actually elected us, will be watching," he said.  "They will see which senators make the patriotic decision, stand up for the American people and vote to continue government funding." Chuck Schumer, the most senior Democrat in the Senate, noted that Mr Trump once said that America could use “a good shutdown”.


01/19/2018 09:11 PM
Trustee: MSU president should quit over sex assault scandal

Trustee: MSU president should quit over sex assault scandalDETROIT (AP) — A Michigan State University trustee on Saturday called for the university president to quit over the school's handling of the sexual assault scandal involving former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.


01/21/2018 05:08 AM
Ed Sheeran Is Engaged To Childhood Friend Cherry Seaborn

Ed Sheeran Is Engaged To Childhood Friend Cherry SeabornEd Sheeran announced his engagement to girlfriend Cherry Seaborn on Saturday in an Instagram post that was pretty darn adorable.


01/20/2018 09:23 PM
South Africa's ANC to force Zuma to quit as president: reports

South Africa's ANC to force Zuma to quit as president: reportsBy Nqobile Dludla JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Leaders of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC)met on Saturday to outline the party's program for the coming year amid reports that its executive planned to force Jacob Zuma to quit as the country's president. An ANC spokeswoman declined to comment on a report by broadcaster eNCA saying that its newly-elected National Executive Committee (NEC) had resolved to ask Zuma - whose presidency has been hit by corruption allegations - to resign. If Zuma refused, he would be forced to step down by the party's six-strong leadership group, eNCA said.


01/20/2018 06:16 PM
'Jersey Shore' Star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

'Jersey Shore' Star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Pleads Guilty To Tax EvasionOn Friday, “Jersey Shore” star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino pleaded guilty to tax fraud in federal court in Newark, New Jersey.


01/19/2018 10:24 PM
In Trump's America, The Statue Of Liberty Is Closed While Immigrants Are Pushed Out

In Trump's America, The Statue Of Liberty Is Closed While Immigrants Are Pushed OutPresident Donald Trump is likely not enjoying his anniversary of being sworn in.


01/20/2018 08:47 PM
'Watching my family burn': Woman frantic after copter crash

'Watching my family burn': Woman frantic after copter crashRATON, N.M. (AP) — Andra Cobb was frantic when she called for help, telling an emergency operator that a helicopter she was riding in with her father, longtime partner and others had crashed in a remote part of New Mexico and that she was watching her "family burn."


01/20/2018 01:15 AM
31 Healthy Sizzling Steak Recipes

31 Healthy Sizzling Steak Recipes


01/19/2018 10:27 PM
Saudi Arabia calls for extending non-OPEC cooperation

Saudi Arabia calls for extending non-OPEC cooperationSaudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh on Sunday called for extending cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers beyond 2018 after a deal to shore up crude prices. This is the first time OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia explicitly calls for extending a 2016 deal between oil producers to cut back production to combat a global oil glut.


01/21/2018 08:20 AM
Delta's Cracking Down on 'Emotional Support Animals' On Board Flights

Delta's Cracking Down on 'Emotional Support Animals' On Board FlightsPeople have tried to fly with turkeys, sugar gliders, snakes and more


01/19/2018 08:26 PM
Mexico Is Buying Some of America's Most Powerful Weapons (But Why?)

Mexico Is Buying Some of America's Most Powerful Weapons (But Why?)Mexico is on the verge of being a failed state, swept by violence from powerful drug cartels who have turned the nation's cities and villages into bloody battlegrounds. Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department approved a $98.4 million weapons sale to Mexico, including RGM-84L Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles, Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) systems designed to shoot down antiship missiles and Mark 54 antisubmarine torpedoes. The high-tech weaponry is intended for the Mexican Navy's new Sigma 10514–class long-range patrol ships.


01/20/2018 02:33 AM
The Latest: Ranchers among 1st to get to helicopter crash

The Latest: Ranchers among 1st to get to helicopter crashRATON, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a helicopter crash in New Mexico that killed five people, including a Zimbabwean opposition leader (all times local):


01/20/2018 12:38 AM
Iraqi parliament postpones vote on election date

Iraqi parliament postpones vote on election dateIraq's parliament failed on Saturday to approve May 12 as the election date, as suggested by the government, as Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers demanded a delay to allow hundreds of thousands of war-displaced people to return home. Shi'ite politicians, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, insist on holding the election as planned on May 12, saying a delay would be against the constitution. Speaking after Saturday's session in Baghdad, Parliamentary Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni, expressed hope that parliament would be able to vote on an election date by Monday, state TV reported.


01/20/2018 12:45 PM
Twitter Concedes Russian Influence Before U.S. Election Was Greater Than Initially Thought

Twitter Concedes Russian Influence Before U.S. Election Was Greater Than Initially ThoughtAt least 677,774 people in the United States followed, retweeted or liked content distributed by Russian government-linked Twitter accounts in a 10-week span prior to the 2016 U.S. election, Twitter announced Friday.


01/20/2018 01:21 AM
Don't Let Dishonest Don Erase Honest Abe

Don't Let Dishonest Don Erase Honest AbeMichael Wolff’s blistering account of the Trump administration’s first year, Fire and Fury, prompted what has now become the president’s routine response to anyone who criticizes him.


01/20/2018 10:45 AM
Battle lines already forming for Menendez corruption retrial

Battle lines already forming for Menendez corruption retrialNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez might spend 2018 asking voters to re-elect him and jurors to acquit him.


01/19/2018 11:10 PM
Jorge Ramos: A wall would be completely useless

Jorge Ramos: A wall would be completely uselessTucker vs. Univision anchor on whether the U.S. or Mexico is to blame for the illegal immigration problem and its related issues in America and whether a border wall would be effective. #Tucker


01/20/2018 02:06 AM
Courtroom applauds as Aly Raisman tells Larry Nassar: 'You are pathetic'

Courtroom applauds as Aly Raisman tells Larry Nassar: 'You are pathetic'“You have not taken gymnastics away from me,” Ms Raisman told Larry Nassar at a court in Michigan. The 23-year-old was the latest of around 80 women who have so far appeared at the Ingram County Circuit Court in Lansing to provide impact statements at Nassar’s sentencing hearing. Aly Raisman: “Even now, after all that has happened, USA Gymnastics has the nerve to say the very same things it has said all along.


01/19/2018 09:54 PM