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  • Trump Is On The Verge Of Politicizing The Census, Advocates Say

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    President Donald Trump is reportedly leaning toward tapping an academic for the No. 2 position at the U.S. Census Bureau, a decision that has alarmed advocates who say the pick lacks adequate management experience for a massive operational role and has political views that would undermine the credibility of the agency.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:05:43 -0500
  • Search for missing submarine concluded

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    Argentine navy says the last sound heard from the submarine was most likely an explosion, and the families of the 44 crew members have been told their loved ones are most likely dead.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500
  • Man who claims Earth is flat says he'll prove his belief by taking flight in a DIY rocket

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    Science has long been the target of conspiracy theories, some of which have persisted for centuries.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:01:00 -0500
  • Anti-Pipeline Activist Found Guilty After Being Barred From Mentioning Climate Change

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    After a short trial lasting just a day and a half, climate activist and retiree Leonard Higgins was found guilty on Wednesday of a serious felony charge for his role in the “valve turner” protest last year that resulted in the brief shutdown of a tar sands pipeline in Montana.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:07:12 -0500
  • 15 Twists On Shepherd's Pie Your Winter Dinner Rotation Is Missing

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    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:16:04 -0500
  • Woman raises £200,000 for homeless man who rescued her with his last £15  

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    A New Jersey woman has helped raise more than $290,000 (£210,000) for a homeless man who spent his last $20 (£15) to help her get home when she became stranded. Kate McClure was driving to Philadelphia in October when she ran out of fuel and decided to leave her vehicle to walk to the nearest petrol station. “My heart was beating out of my chest,” she explained. “I pulled over as far as I could, and got out of the car to head to the nearest gas station. That’s when I met Johnny.” Johnny Bobbitt Jr has been living on the streets of Pennsylvania’s largest city for the past 18 months and spends every day sitting on the side of the road holding a sign asking strangers for help. “He saw me pull over and knew something was wrong,” Ms McClure recalled. “He told me to get back in the car and lock the doors. A few minutes later, he comes back with a red gas can.  Using his last $20 to make sure I could get home safe. Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt Jr. Credit: GoFundMe  “Johnny did not ask me for a dollar, and I couldn’t repay him at that moment because I didn’t have any cash, but I have been stopping by his spot for the past few weeks. “I repaid him for the gas, gave him a jacket, gloves, a hat, and warm socks, and I give him a few dollars every time I see him. “He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I see him makes me want to help him more and more.”   Inspired by his act of kindness, she and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, decided to start a GoFundMe page with goal of raising $10,000 (£7,500) to help get the former marine veteran back on his feet. “With the money, I would like to get him first and last month’s rent at an apartment, a reliable vehicle, and 4-6 months worth of expenses,” she said. “He is very interested in finding a job, and I believe that with a place to be able to clean up every night and get a good night’s rest, his life can get back to being normal.” She added that Johnny “is beyond humbled by the amount of support and love he has received over the last few days”. He said the donations would “change his life”. Ms McClure said the worldwide support has been “unreal”.  Newlyweds stop to help homeless man with act of kindness

    Fri, 24 Nov 2017 07:26:36 -0500
  • Woman Gets Prison After Boyfriend Dies From Meth-Laden Kiss

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    An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:20:19 -0500
  • Police Storm Detention Center As Australia Slammed Over 'Humanitarian Crisis'

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    Law enforcement officials in Papua New Guinea moved to evict hundreds of asylum seekers from a former detention center on Manus Island after the Australian government closed it late last month.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:17:23 -0500
  • U.S. Afghanistan General: We've Reached Stalemate Against Taliban

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    In an exclusive interview with NBC News, General John Nicholson discusses the U.S. strategy against the Taliban in Afghanistan, and why he's confident he maintains Trump's trust.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:00:31 -0500
  • The Best Chance To Defeat Roy Moore May Be For The Democratic Party To Lie Low

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    Democrats are salivating at the chance to pick up a Senate seat in the Deep South.

    Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:50:00 -0500
  • Sound heard in Argentine sub search was likely 'explosion'

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    MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (AP) — An apparent explosion occurred near the time and place an Argentine submarine went missing, the country's navy reported Thursday, prompting relatives of the vessel's 44 crew members to burst into tears and some to say they had lost hope of a rescue.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:26:48 -0500
  • Cows rain down on drivers after crash in Utah

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

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:29:00 -0500
  • Chef José Andrés Prepares 40,000 Thanksgiving Meals In Puerto Rico

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    As Americans give thanks this Thanksgiving, celebrity chef José Andrés is busy giving back, by preparing what he estimated as 40,000 Thanksgiving meals for Puerto Ricans.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:37:25 -0500
  • Drug-maker Teva set for major layoffs in Israel, US: report

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

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:12:20 -0500
  • After Backlash, Tennessee Town Drops Planned Ban On Drag Shows

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    A Tennessee town’s controversial plan to ban drag shows is dead on arrival.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:05:45 -0500
  • Ex-Bosnian Serb commander Mladic convicted of genocide, gets life in prison

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    By Toby Sterling, Stephanie van den Berg and Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A U.N. tribunal on Wednesday convicted ex-Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity for massacres of Bosnian Muslims and ethnic cleansing campaigns to forge a "Greater Serbia", and jailed him for life. Mladic was hustled out of the court minutes before the verdict for angrily shouting, "This is all lies, you are all liars!" The outburst occurred after Mladic returned to the courtroom from what his lawyers described as a visit to the bathroom, then a blood pressure test which held up proceedings. The U.N. Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) found Mladic guilty of 10 of 11 charges, including the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica and the 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, in which more than 10,000 civilians were killed by shelling, mortar and sniper fire.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:40:59 -0500
  • FCC Faces Scrutiny For Refusing To Turn Over Evidence On Net Neutrality Comments

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    The Federal Communications Commission received millions of suspicious comments in support of its plan to repeal net neutrality, and it ignored multiple requests for evidence that would explain their origin.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:38:40 -0500
  • David Cassidy dead at 67

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    David Cassidy, whose starring role on “The Partridge Family” made him a teen heartthrob in the 70s, passed away Tuesday night from organ failure.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:08:52 -0500
  • Lifeline for Merkel as opposition revolt over coalition position

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    A possible way out of Germany’s political crisis appeared on Wednesday in the form of a growing rebellion in the second largest party over its leader’s refusal to enter coalition talks with Angela Merkel.  Martin Schulz was confronted with open revolt in his Social Democratic Party (SPD) from MPs who want him to throw a lifeline to Mrs Merkel — and drive a hard bargain for the party’s support. Other senior voices in the SPD are calling for it to agree instead to prop up a Merkel-led minority government from the outside in the national interest. Analysts warned that a minority government in Germany could be bad for Britain, with Mrs Merkel forced to seek approval from parliament over every stage of Brexit negotiations. “Merkel is basically open to a compromise, but in a minority government she wouldn’t have the leeway to make a deal,” said Prof Matt Qvortrup of Coventry University. Germany faces the prospect of new elections unless Mrs Merkel can find some way to form a government after the collapse of coalition talks with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party. Profile | Martin Schulz Mr Schulz has come under intense pressure to reverse his decision to take the SPD into opposition following its worst ever result in September’s election.  He is already facing tough talks with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday in a bid to break the impasse. The president, himself a former SPD leader, is said to be furious at the party’s stance. But it became clear on Wednesday that Mr Schulz is also facing a rebellion from with the party over his refusal to consider talks. At an internal party meeting on Tuesday night, more than 30 MPs spoke out against Mr Schulz’s position, and demanded he took a more flexible approach. “The SPD is fully aware of its responsibility in the current difficult situation," Mr Schulz said, striking a more conciliatory tone. “I am sure that we will find a good solution for our country in the coming days and weeks.” But questions are now being asked over whether his position as party leader is secure, after a number of senior MPs from the party broke ranks to criticise his stance. “The SPD should not rush to call for new elections but should take the conversation with the president seriously,” said Johannes Fechner. Chart: Germany is badly fragmented and perhaps ungovernable. It is not getting better. “We have to consider the conditions under which we would agree to go into coalition,” said Bernd Westphal. “Making hurried decisions now will bring nothing,” said Johannes Kahrs. “Before we go to the voters, we have to explore all possibilities.” Mr Schulz faces an annual vote to confirm him as party leader next month, and his position is not secure. He has insisted that the party has nothing to fear from new elections, but many of his MPs disagree with him — and some are openly briefing that he isn’t the man to lead the party into them. Mr Schulz led the SPD to its worst ever result in September, and current polls suggest the party could do even worse in new elections. Sources in the party say they have been fielding phone calls from supporters asking if they’re “crazy”. Leading voices in the party have proposed supporting a Merkel minority government from the outside as a compromise. “We see no basis for a coalition at the moment, so we have to look at other options,” Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel said. “If no coalition is possible, a minority government is conceivable,” Matthias Miersch said. Germany has not had a minority government since the Second World War, and there are deep misgivings over the idea — not least because it was a series of minority governments in the 1930s that led to the rise of the Nazis. Mrs Merkel said this week she would prefer new elections. But it is not up to her: under the German consitution, only President Steinmeier has the power to call new elections or appoint a minority government. If Mrs Merkel can negotiate a new coalition or a deal to prop up a minority government, she will have pulled off one of the great political escapes. There were predictions the collapse of talks could mean the end of her career, but so far her party has rallied around her. There was a lone call on Wednesday from the local youth wing of the party in Düsseldorf for her to resign, but so far there has been no move from within the parliamentary party to unseat her.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:59:36 -0500
  • The Latest: Zimbabwe opposition not invited to inauguration

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    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:44:38 -0500
  • The Mysterious Disappearance Of An Argentine Navy Sub Just Got Even Stranger

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    As the desperate, multinational search for a missing Argentine submarine continues, the country’s navy said on Thursday that a sound “consistent with an explosion” had been detected near the site where the vessel disappeared last week with 44 crew members on board.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:58:37 -0500
  • Trump arrives at Florida golf course after tweeting he would be 'having meetings and working the phones'

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    President Donald Trump has arrived at a golf course three hours after tweeting he would be “having meetings and working the phones”. At about 9.30 am, the President’s motorcade rolled into the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. “Will be having meetings and working the phones from the Winter White House in Florida (Mar-a-Lago),” Mr Trump had tweeted earlier on Wednesday.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:39:03 -0500
  • Chavez cousin to lead Citgo, PDVSA's arm in US

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    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday named Asdrubal Chavez -- a cousin of late leader Hugo Chavez -- to lead Citgo, the state oil company's US affiliate. "He's straight off to be Citgo president, to restructure it, to get it back, to strengthen Citgo," Maduro said in a speech broadcast on VTV state television. Asdrubal Chavez held the critical oil ministry portfolio from 2014-2015.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:48:30 -0500
  • Al Franken Issues Another Apology: 'I Crossed A Line'

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    issued a Thanksgiving day apology after two more women came forward to accuse him of inappropriate touching.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 22:03:57 -0500
  • Baltimore Detective Killed A Day Before Testifying In Federal Case Against Fellow Cops

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    The Baltimore police detective who was fatally shot in the line of duty last week was scheduled to testify in a federal case against officers indicted earlier this year, the Baltimore Police Department confirmed Wednesday.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:06:43 -0500
  • U.S. Navy plane crashes in Philippine Sea, three missing

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    A U.S. Navy transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in the Philippine Sea south of Japan on Wednesday as it flew to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and three people were missing, in the latest Navy accident in the region. Eight other people were rescued and transferred to the carrier where they were in good condition, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said. "Search and rescue efforts for three personnel continue with U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships and aircraft on scene," the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a news release.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:16:00 -0500
  • Our Favorite Car Video Games

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    Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:03:04 -0500
  • Oscar Pistorius has prison sentence for murdering girlfriend more than doubled to 13 years

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    South Africa's Supreme Court has increased Oscar Pistorius's murder sentence to 13 years and five months after the state argued that his original sentence of six years was "shockingly lenient". Pistorius was imprisoned in July last year after being found guilty on appeal of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013 in a case that attracted worldwide interest. The Paralympian athlete was not in court for Friday's ruling where the court handed down the minimum 15-year sentence prescribed for murder in South Africa, and subtracted the years Pistorius had already served. The family of Ms Steenkamp, the model, welcomed the increased sentence and said it showed that justice could prevail in South Africa. "This is an emotional thing for them," said Tania Koen, a spokeswoman for the Steenkamp family. "They just feel that their trust in the justice system has been confirmed this morning." Oscar Pistorius and his late model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in November 2012 Credit: LUCKY NXUMALO/AFP Reading out the court's decision, the judge said: "The sentence imposed... in respect of murder is set aside and substituted with the following: the respondent is sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 13 years and five months. The athlete was originally convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in jail. The moment Oscar Pistorius was jailed for six years That conviction was increased to murder by the Supreme Court in December 2015 and his sentence was increased to six years by trial judge Thokozile Masipa. The 31-year-old shot Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day 2013. Oscar Pistorius: a timeline He was initially convicted of manslaughter, but had that conviction overturned and replaced with a murder conviction by the Supreme Court.

    Fri, 24 Nov 2017 04:10:36 -0500
  • Syria talks in Russia, Saudi Arabia aim to unify rival sides

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    MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran on Wednesday discussed ways to promote a peaceful settlement in Syria, including the return of refugees, humanitarian aid and prisoners' exchange, while fractured Syrian opposition groups were meeting in Saudi Arabia in a bid to overcome their divisions and form a united front for Syrian peace talks in Geneva.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:21:15 -0500
  • A Tribute To The Most Cringeworthy Turkey Pardon Of All Time, Featuring Sarah Palin

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    This story was first published in 2012, and has been published every year since.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:45:45 -0500
  • Kellyanne Conway must be fired after breaking federal law, say former White House ethics chiefs

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    The ethics chiefs for former presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama have called for White House advisor Kellyanne Conway to be fired for weighing in on the Alabama Senate race. Ms Conway sparked controversy after she attacked Republican Alabama Senate Roy Moore’s opponent on television on Tuesday. Mr Moore has repeatedly denied all accusations and any wrongdoing.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 04:48:00 -0500
  • Mnangagwa: Zimbabwe's 'Crocodile' to snap up the top job

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    Nicknamed "the Crocodile" for his ruthlessness, Emmerson Mnangagwa who will take over as Zimbabwe's next president, is a hardliner with ties to the military who could prove as authoritarian as his mentor Robert Mugabe. It was his political ambition to take over which set off a bitter succession battle between him and Grace, the president's 52-year-old wife, triggering the crisis that toppled the autocrat, who resigned on Tuesday. When Mnangagwa was dismissed as vice president by Mugabe on November 6, it initially looked like he'd been outfoxed by the first lady, forcing him to flee the country.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 04:26:21 -0500
  • What To Buy On Black Friday On Amazon

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    Last week, we shared with you a sneak peek at Amazon’s Black Friday deals that we just couldn’t wait for.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:05:43 -0500
  • US declares 'ethnic cleansing' against Rohingya in Myanmar

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    The United States declared the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be "ethnic cleansing" on Wednesday, threatening penalties for military officials engaged in a brutal crackdown that has sent more than 600,000 refugees flooding over the border to Bangladesh.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:19:41 -0500
  • Experts Break Down The Difference Between Google Home and Amazon Echo

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    The world is so full of tech that sometimes it’s hard to keep up.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:45:45 -0500
  • Singapore to deploy driverless buses from 2022: minister

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    Driverless buses will appear on some roads in Singapore from 2022 as part of plans to improve mobility in the land-scarce city-state, its transport minister said Wednesday. Singapore has so far avoided the massive traffic jams that choke other Asian cities like Manila and Jakarta by imposing road tolls, spending massively on public transport and becoming one of the world's most expensive places to own a car. Driverless buses will be deployed during off-peak traffic hours in three new suburban towns designed to accommodate the vehicles in a pilot project, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:22:48 -0500
  • No verdict yet in San Francisco pier killing as jury breaks

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The criminal case against a Mexican man accused of killing a woman on a crowded San Francisco pier is coming to a close more than two years after setting off a national firestorm over immigration.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:40:33 -0500
  • Saudi Crown Prince calls Iran leader 'new Hitler': NYT

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

    Fri, 24 Nov 2017 02:21:24 -0500
  • 'Zero Hope For Denuclearizing North Korea,' China Expert Says

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    BEIJING ― President Donald Trump’s designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism may not be the best way to quell the country’s nuclear ambitions, according to one expert in China.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:05:40 -0500
  • How One Really Big Tank Helped Save Russia from Hitler Capturing Moscow

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    In the first six months of Operation Barbarossa, the brutal Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Panzer tanks overran hundreds of miles of Soviet territory and reached the outskirts of Moscow before winter weather and reinforcements from Siberia brought a halt to their advance. In a period when the Red Army seemed on the verge of collapse, a lumbering forty-eight-ton heavy tank that could absorb German tank shells like so many spitballs was one factor that bought it badly needed time. The Red Army was an early practitioner of mechanized warfare, with thousands of light T-26 and BT tanks in its operational units when Germany invaded.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:07:00 -0500
  • In Russia, Sudan's Bashir asks Putin for 'protection' from US

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    Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes, on Thursday asked Russia's Vladimir Putin to protect his country from the United States. Speaking during his first visit to Russia as president, Bashir also said he wanted to ramp up military ties and praised Moscow's military campaign in Syria.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:17:40 -0500
  • This Anti-Gay Interpretive Flag Dance May Be The Gayest Thing We've Ever Seen

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    Vehemently anti-gay conservative organization MassResistance opened a conference last week with an interpretive flag dance that has us all wondering ... Are we being trolled?

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:23:45 -0500
  • Zimbabweans Prepare to Greet Their New President

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    Exuberant Zimbabweans converged on a stadium for the presidential inauguration Friday of Emmerson Mnangagwa, who will become the country’s second leader since independence from white minority rule in 1980.

    Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:49:46 -0500
  • First House Dem Calls On Rep. Conyers To Resign

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    Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) became the first Democrat in Congress to call on Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) to resign from Congress in light of recent sexual harassment allegations.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:59:49 -0500
  • How to get ahead of the pack and avoid impulse buying on Black Friday

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    Black Friday is almost here, the day when retailers tempt customers to spend as much as possible. Given that most of us are watching our finances more carefully than ever, this can cause considerable anxiety. What can you do to find the best bargains while staying within your budget, and even more important, how can you avoid one of the most common mistakes – impulse buying?  What are you like? Some of us are more vulnerable than others to making snap decisions. Impulsivity, the tendency to act without planning or considering the consequences of our actions, is a powerful and complex characteristic. It’s “moderately heritable”, according to Laura Bevilacqua at New York University, which means it’s apparent from an early age and manifests itself in most situations. Therefore, if you’re impulsive, it’s better to accept it as part of your character and use it to advantage – for example, to boost creativity – rather than to try to change or ignore it.  However, when you’re under pressure, the inclination to act first and consider the consequences later is much harder for impulsive individuals to resist than it is for others. Therefore, if you would describe yourself as “spontaneous”, “easily bored”, “unable to wait” or “easily swayed or distracted”, you’ll need to prepare carefully before you start shopping if you want to avoid regret. Don't be that person... Credit: Ray Tang/REX/Rex Features Be aware of your “triggers”  Each of us has specific “triggers”  – circumstances that cause emotions to flood reason – and these are the occasions when we’re most likely to buy impulsively. Before you shop, make a list of your particular triggers – tiredness, feeling depressed or guilty, knowing you’re pressed for time – and vow not to buy when you’re feeling vulnerable. Make a plan before you start shopping  You’ll be most likely to act on impulse if you have no idea what you want to buy or how much you expect to spend. Make a list of your hoped-for purchases and allocate a maximum price to each. You may wish to do some window shopping in advance, to generate ideas. If so, do that without access to your credit card.  "Oh it's oh-so-lovely in here" - that's what they want you to think! Don't fall into their trap. Credit: Jason Alden/Bloomberg Finance LP Beware retail atmospherics  In 1973, Philip Kotler, Professor of Marketing at Northwestern University, wrote an article in which he argued that consumers want more than simply to purchase items when they shop. They want what he called the “total product” – service, packaging, associated advertising and a great atmosphere. When creating that atmosphere, he urged retailers to address all our senses – to ensure that what we see, hear and even smell will make us want to buy. Retailers try hard to achieve this, because it works. Research has shown, for example, that we’re likely to spend more money if we like the scent in a shop, and to buy more expensive wines when listening to classical music. Of course, a pleasant atmosphere is great, but remember not to let it distract you from sticking to your shopping list or abandoning your budget.  • Linda Blair is a clinical psychologist and author of Siblings: How to Handle Rivalry and Create Lifelong Loving Bonds. To order for £10.99, call 0844 871 1514 or visit books.telegraph.co.uk. Watch her give advice at telegraph.co.uk/wellbeing/v ideo/mind-healing

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 02:00:00 -0500
  • Chicago cop cited for racist and threatening Facebook posts

    CHICAGO (AP) — An oversight agency for the Chicago Police Department has cited a veteran officer for more than 60 rule violations, including openly advocating for civil war and Facebook posts that that it deemed to be racist, Islamophobic or threatening.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:50:52 -0500
  • Thanksgiving: Tribe whose ancestors ate with Pilgrims revives lost language after prophetic dreams

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    A native American tribe whose ancestors famously ate a Thanksgiving meal with the US’s first European colonisers, are working to revive a forgotten language after one of their members had a series of prophetic dreams. The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, which is based in and around Cape Cod in Massachusetts, have started immersion classes for youngsters to teach them the language that was lost for decades. It’s more than I could have ever expected in my lifetime,” Jessie “Little Doe” Baird, the tribe’s vice chairwoman, told the Associated Press.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:59:00 -0500
  • Donald Trump Jr.'s Thanksgiving Conversation Starter Tips Spectacularly Backfire

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    Donald Trump Jr.’s Thanksgiving conversation starter tips were not to everyone’s taste.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:54:05 -0500
  • Exclusive: CSX to impose hefty fees on some rail customers in 2018

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    CSX Corp will charge new fees for freight shipments to Mexico and hike charges for customers that fail to load or discharge railcars by agreed deadlines or ship unsafely loaded or overweight railcars as of Jan. 1, the company said. A Nov. 15 notice of the changes, seen by Reuters, would encourage customers to better conform to CSX's schedules as it faces persistent service delays and disruptions partly caused by its dramatic operations overhaul. CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle said by phone on Wednesday the charges were "in line with efforts to optimize the use of assets," including railcars.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:30:36 -0500
  • Hariri says resignation on hold, pledges to stay in Lebanon

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    Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday he was suspending his surprise resignation, pending talks, providing a potential way out of a political crisis that has rocked the country. Lebanon has been thrown into turmoil by Hariri's shock November 4 announcement from Saudi Arabia that he was stepping down, as well as his prolonged absence afterwards. The resignation was seen as a ratcheting up of tensions in the long-running rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and raised fears that Lebanon would be paralysed by regional tensions.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:02:27 -0500
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