Ex-sanctions czar bashes Obama administration's 'weak' response to Russian interference
Dan Fried, the former State Department diplomat who oversaw sanctions policy, told the "Skullduggery" podcast that he was “extremely” frustrated when the Obama administration issued “weak” and “frankly inadequate” sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
04/20/2018 - 08:29 AM
Gun Violence Prevents Florida School District From Staging Walkouts Against Gun Violence
Just as students around the country were preparing another walkout against gun
04/20/2018 - 03:12 PM
Passengers On Deadly Southwest Flight Receive $5,000 Checks
At least some passengers aboard a deadly Southwest Airlines flight have
04/20/2018 - 08:30 AM
AP PHOTOS: Former first lady Barbara Bush through the years
Barbara Bush was a deeply rooted member of one of America's most recent political families. She also shared a distinction with one of its first.
04/20/2018 - 04:43 PM
Dog feared to have cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears... but vet didn't realise until midway through operation
A dog feared to cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears, but the vet did not realise until halfway through the operation. Eight-year-old St Bernard Maisy was taken for a CT scan after she was taken ill, which showed a mass on her spleen and an unusually full stomach, seemingly showing she had not digested her food properly. Her owner, Jane Dickinson, from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, feared the worst as she took her pet to Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield. It would not be unusual for Maisy, an elderly dog, to have cancer at her advanced age. However, vet surgeon Nick Blackburn ruled out any fatal disease when he carried out the operation to remove Maisy’s spleen and found her stomach was full of soft toys. Maisy is now reportedly 'loving life' Credit: Paragon Vet Referrals / SWNS.com He said : "It's fair to say this was not something we were expecting to find! We all know certain dogs enjoy chewing things they shouldn't but managing to devour four full teddy bears is quite a feat. "I know Jane was worried about Maisy as she is quite old for a St Bernard, so we were naturally delighted the operation was such a success and we were able to return a happy, healthy dog to the Dickinsons.” Her owner said she had never seen the gentle giant chewing or eating toys, but that now the operation has been completed Maisy is “loving life”. An x-ray showing the teddy bears within the stomach. Credit: Paragon Vet Referrals / SWNS.com Ms Dickinson explained: "When Maisy went in I did think 'is she coming out?' but she is loving life now - it's like she's got her youth back. "The toys weren't even hers! She will steal the chihuahuas' toys and play with them but I've never seen her trying to chew them. Her eating habits had been completely normal. "I didn't even recognise one of the toys - my brother also keeps chihuahuas and it turns out it belonged to his dog." Maisy has since made a full recovery from her operation and a histology report has shown no signs of cancer.
04/20/2018 - 10:17 AM
At Least 5 Dead In Violent Clashes In Nicaragua Over Social Security Changes
Four young protesters and a police officer were killed in increasingly violent
04/20/2018 - 11:17 PM
Mail Carrier Who Hoarded 17,000 Pieces of Mail Said He Delivered the 'Important Mail'
He said he felt overhwelmed.
04/21/2018 - 04:07 PM
Two Florida sheriff's deputies ambushed at restaurant
Authorities in Florida are looking for answers after two sheriff's deputies were shot through the window of a restaurant. ABC News' Diane Macedo reports.
04/20/2018 - 06:32 AM
Leaders approve Prince Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth head
Britain's Prince Charles was approved as the successor to Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth at a meeting of the group's heads of government on Friday. "We recognize the role of the queen in championing the Commonwealth and its peoples," the Commonwealth leaders said in a statement. "The next head of the Commonwealth shall be His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales." There have been calls for the role to be rotated around the 53 member-states, most of which are former British territories, but in recent days the queen, 91, the British government and other leaders have backed Charles, 69.
04/20/2018 - 01:03 PM
White nationalists rally in Newnan, Ga.
The National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the U.S., held a rally on April 21, 2018, in Newnan, Ga. Community members have opposed the rally and came out to embrace racial unity in the small Georgia town. Fearing a repeat of the violence that broke out after the Charlottesville, Va., demonstrations, hundreds of police officers were stationed in the town during the rally in an attempt to keep the anti-racist protesters and neo-Nazi groups separated.
04/21/2018 - 07:02 PM
Natalie Portman Backs Out Of Israel Award Over 'Recent Events'
Actress Natalie Portman has pulled out of accepting a prestigious award in
04/20/2018 - 06:49 AM
Man jailed for 50 years for stealing $1.2m-worth of fajitas
A former youth offenders’ centre employee in Texas has been convicted of stealing more than $1.2m (£860,000) worth of fajitas. Gilberto Escamilla, 53, was jailed for 50 years after authorities discovered he was ordering the Mexican food to the Darrel B Hester Juvenile Detention Centre in Cameron County and selling it on for personal profit. Suspicions were raised after a driver from a food company called the centre’s kitchen to tell them an 800-pound (363kg) delivery of fajitas had arrived.
04/21/2018 - 06:15 PM
Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. It Won't Happen.
The most likely scenario is that the F-22/F-35 hybrid will remain in the realm of fantasy. Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. Reuters is reporting that Lockheed Martin is pitching an F-22 and F-35 combination to Japan to meet Tokyo’s requirement for a next-generation air superiority fighter.
04/20/2018 - 08:09 PM
The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week
Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest
04/20/2018 - 11:09 AM
US says China, Iran, Russia are 'forces for instability'
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is lashing out at China, Iran, Russia and North Korea for being "forces of instability" because of human rights abuses of their own citizens and others.
04/20/2018 - 02:24 PM
Saudis see oil price on rise as Trump blasts OPEC
Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, drawing a swift reaction from US President Donald Trump who accused OPEC of inflating prices. Faleh's statement at a meeting of oil producers in Saudi Arabia came as crude hit the highest level in more than three years. "Looks like OPEC is at it again," Trump tweeted.
04/20/2018 - 09:13 AM
2 Service Members Disciplined Over Hand Puppet Used in Oath Ceremony
A colonel and a master sergeant were disciplined for using a hand puppet during a re-enlistment ceremony.
04/20/2018 - 03:36 PM
Wartorn South Sudan's army chief dies
By Denis Dumo JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan's army chief died on Friday, the government said, in a development that further complicates the running of President Salva Kiir's administration amid a four-year-old civil war. General James Ajongo died in Cairo after a short illness at the age of 64. "It is with a heavy heart that I announce the untimely death of Gen. James Ajongo Mawut, SPLA army's chief of defence force," government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth said.
04/20/2018 - 08:22 AM
'Flamboyant' jihadi linked to 9/11 terror cell captured by Kurdish forces in Syria
A Syrian-German jihadist linked to the 9/11 attacks on the United States has been captured in Syria by US-backed forces, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Mohammad Haydar Zammar, who has been accused of recruiting some of the 9/11 Al-Qaeda hijackers, was captured over a month ago by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led militia backed by the US. News of his capture was first reported on Wednesday by the Kurdish group. The Pentagon had said it was looking into the reports before confirming Zammar’s arrest. "We can confirm that Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, was captured more than a month ago by SDF partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said, using an alternate name for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). "We are working with our SDF partners to obtain additional details," Pahon said. The 9/11 Commission report into the attacks in Washington and New York that led to the deaths of almost 3,000 people described Zammar as an “outspoken, flamboyant Islamist” who “had fought in Afghanistan and relished any opportunity to extol the virtues of violent jihad.” According to the report, Zammar took credit for influencing people linked to the attacks including Mohammed Atta, who hijacked an American Airlines plane and flew it into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Zammar had come into contact with Atta and others linked to the attacks while living in Hamburg, in 1997, the report says. Seven foiled UK terror plots Zammar was detained in Morocco in December 2001 in an operation involving CIA agents, and was handed over to the Syrian authorities two weeks later. He was subsequently sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2007 for belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. He was reportedly freed from prison in 2014 in a prison swap organised with Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham. The SDF, which has been a key western ally in the fight against Isil, has detained several high-profile foreign members of Isil as the jihadist group’s grip on Syria has collapsed. They are currently holding two alleged members of the notorious Isil torture cell known as ‘the Beatles.’ El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexandra Kotey were captured by the group in February. The two are accused of being involved in the execution and torture of hostages. US officials believe there are hundreds of foreign fighters and thousands of Syrian Isil militants in SDF custody.
04/20/2018 - 11:59 AM
The Best Cookie Recipes To Bake This Weekend
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04/20/2018 - 05:46 AM
Video shows bullet-ridden vehicle after police shooting
Diante Yarber was driving the Ford Mustang when Barstow police officers shot in the vehicle and killed him.
04/21/2018 - 03:42 PM
Minnesota school bus driver removed after leading prayer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis-area church pastor who also drives a school bus says his rights to free speech and to practice his religion were violated when he was taken off his route for leading students in prayer.
04/20/2018 - 04:40 PM
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04/20/2018 - 03:40 PM
Jimmy Kimmel May Have Just Pulled Off His Greatest Prank Ever
Jimmy Kimmel is known for his elaborate pranks, with no one ― not even
04/20/2018 - 04:32 AM
J. K. Rowling Mocks Donald Trump With Magical 'Harry Potter' Taunt
J. K. Rowling cast a spell over Twitter with her latest diss of Donald Trump.
04/21/2018 - 03:50 AM
Brick-throwing China zoo-goers kill kangaroo, injure another
Visitors to a zoo in southeastern China killed one kangaroo and injured another by throwing bricks at them in an attempt to get a reaction from the big marsupials, state media reported. A 12-year-old female kangaroo suffered a severely injured foot when it was struck by bricks and concrete chunks on February 28 at the Fuzhou Zoo in Fujian province, China Central Television reported. The report included pictures of the first kangaroo's smashed and nearly severed foot, and of the animal receiving treatment via intravenous drip before it died.
04/20/2018 - 02:11 AM
Ex-FBI No. 2 alerted then-FBI chief Comey of plans to talk to press: lawyer
By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sent emails to then-Director James Comey alerting him he planned to push back against negative news coverage related to his oversight of probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a lawyer for McCabe said on Friday. In an interview with reporters, Michael Bromwich said the emails could help clear McCabe of allegations by the Justice Department's internal watchdog that McCabe "lacked candor" with Comey by misleading him into thinking McCabe did not authorize disclosures to a newspaper to combat articles about his wife's political campaign and his role in overseeing an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
04/20/2018 - 12:04 PM
Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 4 Palestinians
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli soldiers firing Friday from across a border fence killed four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and wounded more than 150 others, health officials said, as several thousand people in blockaded Gaza staged a fourth round of weekly protests on the border with Israel.
04/20/2018 - 07:29 PM
CDC Expands Romaine Lettuce Warning
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Friday said consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce from Yuma, Ariz.—where much of the romaine on the market now is from. The agency’s mo...
04/20/2018 - 07:27 PM
Police Find Mother Falsely Believed She Had Cancer After Family's Murder-Suicide
There was no cancer found in her body.
04/21/2018 - 10:49 AM
Protester faces charges for vandalism at NRA lobbyist's home
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Protesters are targeting the northern Virginia home of the National Rifle Association's top lobbyist and say the protests will continue.
04/21/2018 - 09:05 AM
Ford licenses Classic Mustangs for production
If you fancy owning a mint condition 1969-1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, 1969-1970 Mustang Boss 429, or a 1969-1970 Mustang Mach 1, you'd better prepare yourself for a long and laborious search and some pretty eye-watering asking prices. Classic Restorations is a company from Oklahoma in the United States that has a somewhat tainted history to be honest, but over the last few years it's been building some very impressive Shelby Mustangs with modern underpinnings under the body. Now the company is expanding its horizons and the new licensed trio of classic Mustangs will become available from them from later this year.
04/20/2018 - 06:27 AM
10 Of The Best Beauty Buys From Sephora's VIB Spring Sale
It's probably the only time of the year when spending too much money on beauty
04/20/2018 - 05:23 PM
Sean Hannity Isn't A Journalist And Fox News Isn't News
Earlier this week, Fox News declared its "full support" for Sean Hannity after
04/21/2018 - 08:00 AM
Man admits killing pregnant girlfriend who was found shot and stabbed in suitcase in Wisconsin
A man has been charged with the murder of his 21-year-old girlfriend whose shot and stabbed body was found stuffed in a suitcase. Quentin Neal, 27, admitted to stabbing 21-year-old Shannon Mani, a student and aspiring dentist who was five months pregnant at the time of her death, police in the US city of Milwaukee alleged. Ms Mani was reported missing by her family last Friday after she failed to pick her younger brother up from school and did not show up at the cosmetics shop where she worked.
04/20/2018 - 02:51 PM
EPA staff see hurdles in Pruitt science revamp, internal emails show
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials are concerned that companies may be required to publicly disclose confidential data used in crafting government regulations, under an initiative by the agency's chief to eliminate "secret science," internal emails showed. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who is spearheading a push to relax or undo Obama-era environmental rules, said in March he would no longer allow the agency to use studies with nonpublic scientific data to develop rules on public health and pollution. Pruitt had instructed staff to complete the guidelines by the end of February, according to the emails obtained by scientific advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists and shared with Reuters.
04/20/2018 - 05:58 PM
Experts take samples from site of alleged Syria gas attack
Investigators from the global chemical arms watchdog collected samples Saturday from the site of a suspected gas attack in Syria two weeks ago, after security concerns delayed their probe. Gruesome footage of the alleged toxic attack on April 7 in the town of Douma, just outside Damascus, horrified the world and prompted unprecedented Western strikes on Syrian military installations. Just hours after the joint missile strikes, a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria to investigate the claims.
04/21/2018 - 12:11 PM
Embattled Missouri Gov. Charged with Felony Computer Tampering
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is facing a charge in connection to his alleged use of a donor list from his charity during the 2016 gubernatorial campaign.
04/21/2018 - 09:53 AM
Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar
BIREUEN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian fishermen rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh on Friday, authorities said, in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea.
04/20/2018 - 09:45 PM
UK Supreme Court declines appeal from parents of ill toddler
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Supreme Court declined Friday to hear an appeal from a mother and father who want to take their terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment instead of allowing a hospital to remove him from life support.
04/20/2018 - 09:45 AM
Land Rover Defender Pickup Single Cab Rumored For 2020 Launch
While Mercedes is exclusively selling a double cab X-Class, Land Rover will only offer a single cab Defender pickup.
04/20/2018 - 03:21 AM
Daniel Craig And Rachel Weisz Expecting First Child Together
James Bond star Daniel Craig and wife actress Rachel Weisz are expecting a
04/20/2018 - 11:07 AM
Romanian president slams plan to move Israel embassy
A row erupted Friday between Romania's government and President Klaus Iohannis over a proposal to move the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The foreign ministry announced that "a process of analysis and evaluation with the aim of transferring the embassy has been launched". Prime Minister Viorica Dancila of the left-wing Social Democratic Party confirmed Friday the government had adopted a memorandum on moving the embassy but added that other steps needed to be taken before a final decision.
04/20/2018 - 12:32 PM
Trucker in deadly Texas migrant case given life sentences
The driver of a truck packed with migrants, 10 of whom died due to sweltering Texas heat in July, was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty in October to federal human smuggling charges. James Bradley, 61, could have faced the death penalty in the case, considered one of the deadliest human smuggling incidents in modern U.S. history. "This was the equivalent of torture," U.S. District Judge David Ezra told Bradley when he handed out two concurrent life sentences at a court in San Antonio.
04/20/2018 - 05:46 PM
Some 50 members of migrant caravan reach Mexico, U.S. border
By Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of 50 Central American migrants who set out from southern Mexico in late March have reached the U.S. border, having endured the long journey despite threats by President Donald Trump to secure the border with National Guard personnel. Since peaking at around 1,500 people, the so-called migrant "caravan" has dwindled under pressure from Trump and Mexican migration authorities, who vowed to separate those migrants with a right to stay in Mexico from those who did not. Some of those migrants began arriving in the Mexican border city of Tijuana on Wednesday and have requested asylum in the United States.
04/20/2018 - 05:22 AM
Chinese military 'challenged Australian warships in the South China Sea'
Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian prime minister, asserted his country's rights to conduct patrols in the South China Sea after reports of a confrontation with China amid rising tensions in the disputed waters. China's navy was said to have been involved in a "robust" but polite confrontation with three Australian warships in the strategically important sea, according to Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC). The broadcaster, which first reported the incident, said it was "believed to have occurred earlier this month as China was conducting its largest ever naval exercises". Mr Turnbull, who is in London on a visit, did not comment on the specific confrontation, which is said to have taken place off the coast of Vietnam. But when prompted by reporters, he said: "We maintain and practice the right of freedom of navigation and overflight throughout the world and, in this context, we're talking about naval vessels on the world's oceans, including the South China Sea, as is our perfect right in accordance with international law." Australian defence officials did not confirm the confrontation took place, but said three warships had arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday. They are making a three-day goodwill visit to Vietnam. Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during China's drills last week Credit: Xinhua/Reuters On the same day, Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over huge exercises in the South China Sea in an unmistakable show of force to Beijing's regional rivals. The drills involved 48 ships, among them China's sole operating aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, along with 76 helicopters, fighter jets and bombers, and more than 10,000 personnel. ABC said the HMAS Anzac, HMAS Toowoomba and HMAS Success were challenged by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. China claims almost all of the South China Sea, where more than $5 trillion (£3.8 trillion) of trade passes every year. Much of the sea is also claimed by several south-east Asian nations, including the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Success prepares to dock at Saigon port in Ho Chi Minh City last week. Credit: Van Khoa/Thanh Nien News Observers say China is developing its military capabilities by fortifying and building infrastructure on what were previously reefs and partially-submerged islets. The US Navy has been confronting China in the region with 'freedom of navigation' exercises. It sent the aircraft carriers Theodore Roosevelt and Carl Vinson through the South China Sea in recent months, angering Beijing. Washington has also called on Australia to carry out similar patrols.
04/20/2018 - 07:23 AM
Kushner Companies Has Been Subpoenaed as Part of a Probe Into False Housing Paperwork
AP reported the company routinely filed false paperwork about its buildings with New York City
04/19/2018 - 11:56 PM
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04/20/2018 - 01:11 PM
Off-duty LAPD officer charged with murder in DUI crash
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was charged Friday with murder in a fiery freeway crash that killed three members of a family.
04/20/2018 - 11:17 PM
Army lowers 2017 recruiting goal; more soldiers staying on
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army will not meet its mission to recruit 80,000 active duty soldiers this year and has officially lowered that goal. But Army leaders said the service has been able to encourage more experienced service members to stay on the job to satisfy a growing demand for troops.
04/20/2018 - 06:55 PM
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